The Encouraging Word with Karen Bonasso

The Seven great “I Am” statements of Jesus

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible in the Gospel of John is”he who loves Me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him andwill disclose Myself to him.” (Jn14: 21) Just the thought of the Lord”disclosing” Himself to me is so amazing. The Lord Jesus in Whomdwells all the riches of knowledge and wisdom; in Whom dwells the fullexpression of love (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:18); and in Whom dwells all powerand authority and dominion in heaven and earth (Eph1:21). Jesus inWhom “we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) This is Hewho wants to reveal Himself to me in the relational intimacy of lovingdisclosure. In other words, He wants to tell me who He is…for me!And of course this disclosure is first and foremost through the Bible…His Word.In the Gospel of John, seven times Jesus says, “I am” followed by aself-description.These “I am ” Scriptures are listed below. As I meditate on them, I find in the person of Jesus Christ everything I need… and I feelstrength… and I feel loved! I AM:

  1. THE BREAD OF LIFE (Jn 4:48)
  2. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (Jn 9:5)
  3. THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP (Jn 10:7)
  4. THE GOOD SHEPHERD (Jn 10:11)
  5. THE RESSURECTION AND THE LIFE (Jn 11:25)
  6. THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE (Jn 14:6)
  7. THE TRUE VINE (Jn 15:1)

Note to Phil Bonasso: Thank you for so many merry Christmases!

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