Two Words Say It all
There are many beliefs as to who Jesus Christ really was. This short article destroys all the errant beliefs while establishing the truth of matter.
Jesus Identified Himself Beyond Doubt
Two Words Say It All
Two questions: Did Jesus Christ absolutely know who He is? Did Jesus reveal precisely who He was to His listeners? He most surely did on both counts. It is a needless tragedy that the majority of humanity do not know the true identity of Jesus Christ. Many times and in many ways Jesus proclaimed His identity but the most profound identification is embedded in two little words.
Jesus spoke two words, consisting of just three letters, which set forth the fullness of His person. Let us set the occasion which prompted these two words from the Master’s lips. Jesus was being harassed by unbelieving Jews in the Jerusalem Temple. They were confused by Jesus’ relationship to Abraham, the father of the Jews.
At one point Jesus said to the Jews, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” John 8:56 The Jews then chided Jesus knowing that He was not old enough for Abraham to have seen Him. Jesus then floored them by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
The two words "I am" are an indisputable testimony as to who Jesus is. He could not have identified Himself any better. The same affirmation "I am" was spoken to Israel thousands of years before. God appeared to Moses in the desert from a burning bush calling him to lead Israel out of Egypt.
Moses doubted that Israel would accept him so God told him, “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14 Thus, Moses was called and ordained by "I AM" to lead Israel out of Egypt, their place of enslavement. Who could argue that "I AM" is the God of Egypt, their deliverer?
There are two inescapable conclusions from Jesus’ reference to Himself as "I am." First, by calling Himself "I am" as God did to Moses and Israel, Jesus was claiming deity - He was God. In another place Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” John 10:30 Jesus is one with God making Him God. The Jews who heard Jesus thought that was His claim. see John 5:18
Second. The designation "I am" speaks of an eternal existence. Like His Father Jesus is an eternal being which He Himself intimated with these words. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.” Revelation 1:8 What does this mean? Everything has its beginning in Jesus Christ who has no beginning. Everything has an end in Jesus Christ who has no end. This makes Jesus Christ an absolute eternal Supreme Being.
Oh, how the world needs to know the "I am." Much of the suffering in the world today is due to their refusal of the "I am." What they are ignorant of is that one day they will meet the "I am" but it won’t be pleasant unless they meet Jesus now through salvation.
“I am” says it all!