I Am

Jesus continued, “I’m going away. You will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I’m going, you can’t come.” The Jewish leaders said, “He isn’t going to kill himself, is he? Is that why he said, ‘Where I’m going, you can’t come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I’m from above. You are from this world; I’m not from this world. This is why I told you that you would die in your sins. If you don’t believe that I Am, you will die in your sins.” “Who are you?” they asked. Jesus replied, “I’m exactly who I have claimed to be from the beginning. I have many things to say in judgment concerning you. The one who sent me is true, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” They didn’t know he was speaking about his Father. So Jesus said to them, “When the Human One is lifted up, then you will know that I Am. Then you will know that I do nothing on my own, but I say just what the Father has taught me. He who sent me is with me. He doesn’t leave me by myself, because I always do what makes him happy.” While Jesus was saying these things, many people came to believe in him. (John 8:21-30, CEB)

“If you don’t believe that I Am…” Why is I Am capitalized?

This reminds me of the movie National Treasure. At one point they are talking about the clue from the pipe and the words Silent and Matlack are capitalized and Ian asks why this word is capitalized. And the response is “It’s important.” Well yes, it is but it is also a name.

I Am is capitalized because it is a name. ἐγώ εἰμι, The name of God.

If you don’t believe the messiah is God you will die in your sins. You will not be connected to God. Notice Jesus doesn’t say you won’t be saved or live forever, but you will die in your sins. We could talk about that at length and how dying is not the same as not being saved, just as hate is not the opposite of love.

Know that Jesus is God and that life is fuller in that relationship.

Loving People. Loving God.

Published by asacredrebel

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