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Feb 19

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The “I Am” Statements in John’s Gospel.

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I keep hearing that there are 7 “I am” statements of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. I know a lot of Christians have a fondness for the number 7, but there are a lot more than 7 “I am” statements.

Here are the “I am” statements spoken by Jesus in John’s Gospel:

  1. I am … the Messiah (John 4:25-26)
  2. I am the bread of life which came down from heaven (6:35 & 41);
  3. I am the living bread (6:51);
  4. I am the light of the world (8:12 and 9:5);
  5. I am from above … I am not of this world (8:23)
  6. I am … the Son of Man (8:28);
  7. “before Abraham was, I am.” (8:58)
  8. I am the gate for the sheep (10:7 & 9);
  9. I am the good shepherd (10:11 & 14);
  10. I am God’s Son (10:36)
  11. I am in the Father (10:38 and 14:10-11 & 20 and 17:21)
  12. I am … Teacher and Lord (13:13)
  13. I am the way, and the truth, and the Life (14:6)
  14. I am the resurrection and the life (11:25);
  15. I am the true vine (15:1, 5).
  16. I am King of the Jews (18:37; 19:21)

And why stop at the “I am” statements to find out who Jesus is? John had a lot more to say about Jesus in his Gospel.

  1. The Word (John 1:1, 14)
  2. Lamb of God (1:29, 36)
  3. Glorious / zealous (2:11, 17)
  4. Son of man / God (3:13-16)
  5. Son of God (5:19-23)
  6. King of the Jews (12:13,15; 19:19)
  7. Sent by God (16:5)
  8. Source of peace (16:33)
  9. Preexistence (17:24)
  10. God (1:1; 10:30)
  11. Friend (15:13-15)
  12. Lord and God (20:28).

So if you are doing a sermon series or Bible Study series on who is Jesus from the Gospel of John, please don’t stop at 7. I hope my lists help.

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