Life of Jesus Mid-Term Project
Eight “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John
· John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
a. Jesus had just fed several thousand people with only a few loaves of bread. Sadly, in the Jewish culture bread was a staple in their diet. He was saying that, as bread sustained them physically, He would sustain them spiritually. They did not need to look elsewhere for their spiritual nourishment – He was their life! All they needed to do was believe in Him. In today’s world Jesus might have said that He is the television of life.
b. “I am Carson’s Bread of Life.”
· John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
a. Some religious people had just finished accusing a woman of adultery. They wanted to ensnare Jesus as well, so they asked Him what should be done with her. Jesus tells them that whoever is without sin can throw the first stone. The accusers left because they were not without sin. If we would follow Him, then He would bring light into their lives, transforming and restoring them to be born again in Him. In today’s world Jesus might have said that he is the light of the world because he is the sun and by the sun we can see everything else. This is a universal truth.
b. “I am the Light of Carson’s World.”
· John 10:9 “I am the Door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
a. Jesus is teaching that He is the only way to salvation, to only way to the heavenly father. There is no other door to eternal life except through Him. In today’s world Jesus might have said that he is the
b. “I am Carson’s Door.”
· John 10:11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
a. Sheep and shepherds were commonly known and understood concepts in Jesus’ culture. Therefore, Jesus chose this metaphor. Sheep want safety, pasture, food, and water; it is the shepherd’s job to provide and protect their flock. This is Jesus prophesying that He will be the lamb laying down his life for his sheep. He will give His life because He is good and because it pleases His Father to redeem people to Heaven. As sheep trust and follow their shepherd, we should trust Jesus for our safety and eternal salvation. Jesus is our Good Shepherd. In today’s world Jesus might have aid that he is the good teacher.
b. “I am Carson’s Good Shepherd.”
· John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
a. Jesus spoke this to his friend whose brother had just died. She believed that if he had been...