Jesus Said “I am” Part 1

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August 27, 2019 by directorfsm

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Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 (ESV)

Jesús les dijo: Yo soy el pan de vida; el que a mí viene, nunca tendrá hambre; y el que en mí cree, no tendrá sed jamás. (RVR 1960) 

Here we have the first of Jesus’ self proclaiming seven great “I AM” statements found in the Gospel of John. Over the next week we will look at each.

First the OBVIOUS, Jesus saying he is the “I am” is a direct link to Exodus 3:13–14 and God saying the same thing to Mosses. I have heard and had people argue that Jesus never claimed to be God, excuse me read the book; yes He did and here is where He did it first. 

First context, Jesus finished feeding the multitude, John 6:1-15 the previous day and the disciples and He had crossed the lake to Capernaum.

When the crowd from the day before discover that Jesus is missing the chase after Him (John 6:22-25). Jesus is no fool and quickly calls them out for their own laziness and foolishness (John 6:26-27). For they have come to fill their bellies with free food (imagine that a welfare program) and to witness miracles i.e. the “show”. They neither sought nor had desire for eternal or spiritual food. Again they misunderstand Jesus and what to know what “works” they must do to get or earn this eternal food (John 6:28-34).

When we reach our main text v.35 the multitude are seriously confused. After Jesus drops the Great I AM on them they are even more so and some even are mad thinking He has blasphemed. 

Jesus makes some things very clear in verses 35-40

    • He is the bread of Life, the only food for eternity v.35
    • The Father sends those who will believe to Jesus v.37
    • Those that truly come to Jesus are His forever v.37
    • He is the One sent by God v.38
    • It is God the Fathers will for Jesus to execute this plan v.39-40
John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life,…. Christ is so called, because he gives life to dead sinners: men in a state of nature are dead in trespasses and sins; and whatever they feed upon tends to death; Christ, the true bread, only gives life, which is conveyed by the word, and made effectual by the Spirit: and because he supports and maintains the life he gives; it is not in the power of a believer to support the spiritual life he has; nor can he live on anything short of Christ; and there is enough in Christ for him to live upon: and because he quickens, and makes the saints lively in the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty, and renews their spiritual strength, and secures for them eternal life.

He that cometh to me shall never hunger; not corporeally to hear him preach, or preached, or merely to his ordinances, to baptism, or the Lord’s table; but so as to believe in him, feed, and live upon him, as the next clause explains it:

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst; and which is owing, not to the power and will of man, but to divine teachings, and the powerful drawings of the efficacious grace of God; see John 6:44. Now of such it is said, that they shall never hunger and thirst; which is true of them in this life, though not to be understood as there were no sinful desires in them; much less, that there are no spiritual hungerings and thirstings after they are come to Christ; but that they shall not desire any other food but Christ; they shall be satisfied with him; nor shall they hereafter be in a starving and famishing condition, or want any good thing: and in the other world there will be no desires after that which is sinful, nor indeed after outward ordinances, in order to enjoy communion with God in them, as now, for they will then be needless; nor shall they have any uneasy desires after Christ, and his grace, and the enjoyment of him, since he will be all in all to them

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