Who Does Jesus say that he is?




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There are many followers of Jesus. Who is he? Each church has their own beliefs about Jesus. Who does Jesus say that he is?

In the gospel of John, Jesus himself tells us who he is. There are seven “I am” sayings of Jesus. Each one gives us insight into the person Jesus himself claims to be.

The seven “I am” sayings are:

1. “I am the Good Shepherd. “Jn (10.11)

2. “I am the gate for the sheep.” Jn (10:7)“I

3. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jn (14.6)

4. “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Jn (15.5)

5. “I am the Bread of Life.” Jn. (6:35)

6. “I am the light of the world.” Jn (8:12)

7. “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jn (11.25)

Meditate on the PHOTOS as you read the gospel passages in Jesus own words.

Reflect on all the images Jesus gives us to help us know him better. How can we love Jesus unless we spend time with him and listen to his words?

Seven “I am” sayings; one saying for each day of the week. Spend a week reflecting on the sayings of Jesus.

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

I am the Good Shepherd

John 10:11

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away–and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord, I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

Jesus the Sheepgate

I am the Sheepgate

 

John 10:1

 

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

 

Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

So again Jesus said to them,

“Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

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I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

John:14

 

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again

will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.”

 

Thomas said to him,

“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?

 

Jesus said to him,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

 

Jesus, The Vine and Branches

I am the vine, you are the branches.

 

John 15:1

 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

 

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

 

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

 

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

 

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I am the Bread of Life

 

John 6:22

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Teberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

 

When they found him on the other side of the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them.

“Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has st his seal”

Then they said to him,

“What must we do to perform the works of God?”

Jesus answered them,

“This is the work of God that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

So they said to him,

“What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

 

Then Jesus said to them;

“Very truly I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

They said to him,

“Sir give us this bread always.”

 

Jesus said to them,

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

 

I am the Light of the World

John 8:12

 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,

” I am the light of the world.Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Then the Pharisees said to him,

“You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.”

Jesus answered,

“Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards, I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge my judgment is valid, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.

 

Then they said to him,

“Where is your Father?”

Jesus answered,

“You know neither me nor my Father. If you know me, you would know my Father also.”

He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet com.

 

I am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:25

 

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and meet him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus,

“Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”

 

Jesus said to her,

“Your brother will rise again.”

Martha said to him,

“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus said to her,

“I am the resurrection and the life.Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

She said to him,

“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

 

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