God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am” This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I Am” has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” John 8:58
Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Madonna, Pink; they are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They are prominent in history or modern culture because of who they are and what they did. And we all know them by that single name.
The Israelites knew their God by a single name – “I AM.” In Exodus chapter 3, after Moses asked for God’s name; God answered, “I Am Who I Am” or “Yahweh” in the original Hebrew language. Yahweh is the personal name for God and Yahweh was so sacred to the Israelites that they never used this personal name in any of their writings or in their speech; for fear of offending their great and holy God.
Consequently, Jesus upset the Jewish leaders because Jesus used God’s name- “I AM” – for himself. In fact, Jesus does this quite often in the Gospel of John. My Lenten sermon series will focus on the “I AM” statements of Jesus. Each week I will examine one of those well-known verses like: “I am the Bread of Life, or I am the Light of the World and discuss how Jesus’ use of God’s single name is relevant for our lives today
My sermons throughout Lent will be:
Sunday, Feb. 18th - John 8:58 - LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Sunday, Feb. 25th - John 6:36 - JESUS CAN HANDLE A HUNGRY MAN
Sunday, Mar. 4th John 8:12 – BRINGING LIGHT TO A DARK WORLD
Sunday, Mar. 11th John 10:7 - WHAT’S BEHIND DOOR #1?
Sunday, Mar. 18th John 10:14 – DO WE STILL NEED A GOOD SHEPHERD?
Palm Sunday, Mar. 25th John 14:6 – THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Easter Day, April 1st John 11:25 – I AM THE RESURRECTION
I hope you can join us each Sunday throughout Lent to learn how “I AM,” the personal name of God, makes an impact on your own personal life.
In Christ’s love,