In the book of John the gospel writer uses a number of “I am” statements to tell us about Jesus and about His mission and work.
In the first of these statements in His encounter with the Samaritan woman Jesus really just says “I am”.
In my bible the “he” is in italics signifying that this word was not in the original Greek, so this verse could have seen Jesus saying “I that speak unto thee am”; or in other words “I am”.
This is something Jesus says again in John 5 v 58, saying “Before Abraham was, I am”.
This first “I am” statement is an amazing expression of His deity; Jesus was God and knew this and He told people by simply saying “I am”.
In exodus 3 Moses met with God and was told to say “I am hath sent you”; God said “I am”.
By saying “I am” about Himself Jesus is expressing His deity.
“I am” is only 3 letters and 2 words, but these 2 small words are loaded with meaning.
The Jews of the day knew the Torah and knew what “I am” signified; this was an awesome statement of identity and intent from Jesus.
As we start to look through the “I am” statements in DIG, we can marvel at this first instance of Jesus saying “I am”.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus said “I am”; thank you for His deity”.
John 4 v 26…..Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he
Many believers struggle to really trust that God loves them or thinks that they are special in the eyes of God.
There are many scriptures that tell us these truths however not many are as remarkable as Isaiah 53 v 10.
This verse talks about what Father God had as a plan for our redemption; the plan was the death of His Son Jesus.
This verse says that it pleased God to bruise Jesus.
Now bruise does not sound like an adequate word to use for what happened to Jesus on the cross.
The Hebrew definition of this word bruise is to crush or shatter.
Before and during his crucifixion the body of Jesus, the Son of God, was crushed and shattered.
And this pleased God!
It pleased God as Jesus was providing for your reconciliation, forgiveness and righteousness and this is exactly what God wanted for you.
He wanted this because He loves you; He loves you so much that He was prepared to shatter, crush and kill the Lord Jesus.
That is love; so please do not ever think that God does not love you or think that you are special.
If you ever think that please read Isaiah 53 v 10 and tell your self that God put Jesus through that for you!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that it pleased you to bruise Jesus for my salvation”.
Isaiah 53 v 10…..Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand