Greetings to Our Sedona UMC Family & Friends,

The people surrounded Him (Jesus) and asked, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24 )NLT

John’s Gospel leaves no doubts as to who Jesus claimed to be. Every chapter reveals the Deity of Christ—His true identity is clearly seen in the titles He is given. John records seven profound “I AM” statements that Jesus made about Himself.

The very phrase “I am” would be understood by the Jews as a declaration of Deity. It was the name God gave Moses (Exodus 3) when Moses asked the Lord what he was supposed to tell the children of Israel about who had sent him to deliver them. God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: “Yahweh,” which is translated ‘I AM’ has sent me to you.”

Jesus completes that name “I AM” with seven specific titles:
I AM the bread of life (John 6:35)
I AM the light of the world John 8:12)
I AM the gate for the sheep (John 10:7)
I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
I AM the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
I AM the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)
I AM the true vine (John 15:1)

No one had ever made such claims (especially the final three)! Even if they had, they could never produce the kind of evidence to support such a claim as did Jesus Christ. When His critics surrounded Him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? . . .”

Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe Me. The proof is the work I do in My Father’s name… Don’t believe Me unless I carry out My Father’s work. But if I do His work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe Me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.” (John 10:24-25; 37-38) NLT

This past month we have focused on these seven “I Am” statements that Jesus made which allow us to gain a better understanding of who Jesus is—and what His life means for each of us. I hope that as we conclude this series of messages with what I consider 3 of the most important promises ever made, it will create anew, a hunger in your heart to continue to nourish, develop and cherish your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior—The greatest gift ever given to humankind!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Fred