Jesus said to them, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Before Abraham was born, I am.”
Dear Lord Jesus,
You are our Lord and Savior. These words must have seemed confusing to those around you that day, that you were before Abraham. But while they may have been baffling, these words are essential because you stated who you are—true God from true God. Just as John began his gospel, you were there at the beginning, “In the beginning was the Word.” You are God. You came down to this earth to save us from our sins. Hearing you say you were the “I am” must have taken the people’s thoughts back to Moses and the burning bush. Like Luther, we ask, “What does this mean?” You are the creator of all things and the Savior of all people. After man fell into sin, you knew we were doomed and had no way to save ourselves. So you took on human flesh, born in a Bethlehem manger, to fulfill your salvational plan for us. You lived your life without sin to give us credit for your perfection. Then you suffered there on the cross for our sin. You gave up your life to defeat death for us; in your resurrection, we have the assurance that we too will rise with you. You give us this gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life; it is ours through faith. Faith began in us through water and the word in our baptisms; faith started by the Holy Spirit. Lord, because you are the great “I am,” salvation is ours. Thank you for saving us from all our sins. Allow me an opportunity to share this excellent news with someone today, so they will know who you are. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Jesus is the all-inclusive “I am.” We were all formed by him, everything around us was because of him, and everything we have is a gift from him. Know the one who loves you and has given you everything, including his life for you.