By Edd Sterchi
Each of the “I am” statements of Jesus in the book of John displays an important aspect of how He can meet our true needs.
* When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), He stated that He can sustain our souls forevermore. He is that which nourishes and satisfies.* When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), He was saying that He provides enlightenment and guidance in a place of uncertainty and peril. He will always be a beacon of truth.* When Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:7), He was disclosing that He is the passageway to heaven. He is also the portal to a better life on earth.* When Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), He was articulating that He will take care of His own. He can provide support, spiritual health, and safety.* When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), He was declaring that He can raise us from the dead. He can give us a new life upon the earth and a resurrected life in heaven for eternity.* When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), He was revealing that the only way to be reconciled to the Father in heaven is through Him. He is THE way.* When Jesus said, “I am the true vine” (John 15:1), He was divulging that connection to Him is the formula for spiritual success. He guarantees growth if we remain with Him.
Our greatest needs are a relationship with God and a home in heaven forevermore. Jesus can meet those needs – and more! He is able to help us. In fact, He is the only one who can help us in this regard. Jesus says, “I am” able to help you. Have you received His help?
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.broadwaychurchofchrist.net/