“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“I AM” — Jesus Christ today

(Please read John 14:5-6)

September 12

When God commissioned Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, Moses had a question: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God told Moses to say, “I AM has sent me to you.” (See Exodus 3:14-15.) Thus God referred to himself as an everlasting being, one who was, who is, and who will forever be.

Jesus used similar terminology on several occasions. “I am the light of the world,” he said (John 8:12). And John records at least six other similar declarations by the Lord. We should read those statements as If Jesus were speaking to us today, for he is.

Look at those other six “I am’s” of John: “I am the bread of life” (6:35). “I am the door” (10:7, 9). “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25). “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6). “I am the vine” (15:5). In all these statements he showed his divinity and his compassion for the human family.

And the beautiful thing is that Jesus conquered death, and he still lives. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25, NIV).

There were too many proofs of his resurrection, primarily the eyewitness testimony of both his friends and his enemies, for us to become discouraged 2000 years later by the fulminations of unbelievers. He lives! Let that thought strengthen your faith today.

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