"I AM"
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   Jesus asked His disciple Peter that all-important question...
   “But who do you say that I am?”
   And Peter answered and said to him, “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:
29).        
   
   Many centuries before Jesus was born, Moses had an encounter with
God that changed his life.  God informed Moses that he was to go back
into Egypt to free his people—the Jewish people—from their bondage
and to take them out of Egypt.  Here is some of their dialogue:

   But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and
that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you
that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt,
you shall serve God on this mountain.”

     Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of
Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you
shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  (Exodus
3:11-14.)

   Centuries later, Jesus wanted the people to understand His true nature:
that He is God who came to earth in the form of a man.  He wanted
them to know that He existed as God before His miraculous birth from a
woman who was a virgin, conceived from the Holy Spirit. (See also,
A
Savior From Outside of Time
.)

    Of course, one way Jesus proved His deity was through the miracles
He performed, which culminated with His own resurrection from the
dead.  However, He also made several statements letting the people
know that He was the “I AM” who Moses met at the burning bush.  The
apostle and gospel-writer John recounts some of these statements, both
in the Gospel of John and in The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

The Messiah
   “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He who is
called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.’  
Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’”  (John 4:25, 26 NASB.)

The Bread of Life
   “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he
who believes in Me will never thirst.” (John 6:35 NASB.)

The One From Above  
   “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am
not of this world.”  (John 8:23 NASB.)

The Eternal One
   “Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58.)

The Light of the World
   “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to
walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”  
(John 8:12 NLT.)

The Door  
   “I am the door of the sheep.  All that ever came before me are thieves
and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.”  (John 10:7.)

The Son of God
   “Why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’?
After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world.”  (John 10:
36 NLT.)

The Lord and Master
   “You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am.” (John
13:13.)

The Resurrection and the Life
   “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes
in Me will live even if he dies.’” (John 11:25 NASB.)

The True Vine  
   “I am the true vine; my Father is the gardener.”  (John 15:1 NCV.)

   “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He that abides in me, and I in
him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do
nothing.”   (John 15:5.)

The Alpha and Omega
   “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and
who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”  (Revelation 1:8 NASB.)

The First and The Last  
   “...I am the first and the last: I am He that lives, and was dead; and,
behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
death.”  (Revelation 1:17.)

                                        *  *  *

   As a footnote, Jesus validated the story of Moses and the burning
bush.  For example, He asked the religious leaders of His day this
rhetorical question: “But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you
not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God
spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob’?” (Mark 12:26 [referring to the Book of Exodus
authored by Moses].)


    See also,
A Savior From Outside of Time.

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