Jesus Is the Great I AM – John 8:58-59

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

John 8:58-59 NIV

I have had several people tell me that Jesus never claimed to be God; that claims for his divinity were a later embellishment of the church. But these verses makes clear that Jesus saw himself as God, the great I AM. The expression ‘I am‘, in reference to Jesus, is one that is common in John. Jesus says that I am . . .

But here Jesus seems to be referring back to Exodus 3:14 where God gives his name, I AM, to Moses. And clearly the Jews understood this to be what Jesus meant as they picked up stones to kill him for what they perceived as blasphemy. Jesus is the ‘I am‘ of Abraham, the ‘I am‘ of Moses, the ‘I am‘ of John, and my ‘I am‘. He is the great “I AM”. And he is worthy of my praise!

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