Friday, April 19, 2013

More I Am statements of Jesus

More I Am statements of Jesus


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There are several more "I Am" statements of Jesus. These do not follow the same exact format of the previous 'ego eimi' statements.  I will present these over the next few days.  They will be listed with some verses before or after the statements for clarification.
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And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?  But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?  And Jesus said, I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.  And the high priest tore his garments and said, What further witnesses do we need?  You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision? And they all condemned him as deserving death.         –– Mark 14:60-64
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In the above verses Jesus is on trial before the Sanhedrin.  This was a biased and hostile trial. The Sanhedrin had already decided that they wanted Jesus crucified.  The chief priests and the whole counsel were trying to find enough testimony against Jesus to put Him to death.  They were unable to find any valid testimony against Him.  There were many who lied about Jesus and what He had said and done, but the testimony was conflicting.  They ask Jesus to answer the charges against Him. Jesus is silent. These same men had resisted and twisted Jesus words before. Why should he speak to them now?

Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?   And Jesus said, I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.  Caiaphas, the high priest, pressures Jesus and charges Him under oath to answer the question: Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?   Jesus answers the question affirmatively I AM.  This is an I AM - "ego eimi" statement. Then Jesus applies to Himself messianic prophecies from the Old Testament.  The Lord says to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.  Psalm 110:1   ... and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.  Daniel 7:13-14

Upon hearing the answer of Jesus, Caiaphas made a dramatic performance.  He tore his own garments and pronounced that the answer of Jesus was blasphemous.  The high priest had achieved his goal. All of the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together and condemned Jesus as deserving death.  Jesus

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Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,  but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.  And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, It is a ghost!, and they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.                                            –– Matthew 14: 22-27
 Parallel passages are found in  Mark 6:50    John 6:20

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After Jesus blessed and multiplied  the loaves and fishes to feed the 5,000 men (plus the women and children with them), He dismissed the crowd.  He told the disciples to take the boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus remained behind to pray by himself.  Jesus spent the evening and night in prayer with his heavenly Father. When evening came, Jesus was alone.  He looked down from the mountainside and could see the disciples out on the lake rowing against the wind. The boat with the disciples was along way from the land. There was a storm with high winds and waves on the water. Depending on the point from where the disciples departed, the sea was about 4 to 5 miles wide where they crossed.  At this time the disciples were probably 3 or 4 miles out on the lake. We can figure the distance because they finally landed at Gennesaret.  Matthew 14:34 and John 6:17

The Roman military divided the night into four watches,  each watch was three hours long.  The watches started at 6:00 p.m. and continued until  6:00 a.m. The fourth watch would have been between 3: 00 and 6: 00 a. m. At the fourth watch Jesus came walking to them on the stormy waters. This means the disciples had been battling the storm for over nine hours.  They were frightened and exhausted.  Jesus told them not to be frightened.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.  Matthew 14:27    

This statement "it is I" is an "ego eimi,"  I AM statement.  This was the same words in Yahweh's proclamation from the burning bush to Moses.  I Am that I Am.  Jesus provides assurance to His disciples. His walking on the water in the middle of a raging storm demonstrated that He was indeed Lord over all creation. There was no need for the disciples to be afraid, their Savior was with them.  And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly Gods Son."  Matthew 14:23  The disciples responded by worshiping Jesus. They acknowledged that Jesus was truly (amen) the son of God.  This is the first time that all the disciples as a group called Jesus the Son of God.





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