Professor Joseph M. Pendley
1 July 2011
When I started researching books for this paper, I had no idea what I was in for. It seemed as if most of the books I found had nothing to say about the “I AM” statements made by Jesus. Most just referenced His deity and the miracles He performed. Then I remembered the statement made by Elmer Towns books; The Gospel of John: Believe and Live, where he said “Seven times John records Jesus saying, “I am…,” attached it to a metaphor. These seven statements give special insight into who Christ claimed to be. Christ was doing more than stating a metaphor – saying He was the bread, a light, or a good shepherd; He was identifying Himself with Jehovah of the Old Testament.” 1 This statement made me look back at the questions asked for this paper and helped me to refine my search. After listing the seven “I AM” statements made by Jesus in the book of John, I will break them down into different paragraphs and try reference: 1. The events that surround the statement.
2. How the statement relates to God as revealed in the Old Testament. 3. How the statement reveals the deity of Christ.
The seven “I AM’s” of Jesus are:
1. I am the bread of life (John 6:35)
2. I am the light of the world (John 8:12) 3. I am the door (John 10:9)
4. I am the good shepherd (John 10:11)
5. I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
6. I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
7. I am the vine (John 15:5)
1. Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live (Scofield Ministries, 2002), XIV.
I am the bread of life
In the Gospel according to St. John; Brooke Foss Westcott references Jesus’ “I AM” statement in John chapter 6:35 to the tree, water and fountain of life. “The bread of life, the food which supplies life: of which life is not a quality only, but (so to speak) an endowment which it is capable of communicating, compares to the tree of life; the water of life and the fountain of life.” 2 Here are references Old Testament passages from Proverbs and Psalms to support his quote: 1. Prov. 3:18 “She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.” 2. Prov. 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.” 3. Prov13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” 4. Prov. 13:14 “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” 5. Prov. 14:27 “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” 6. Prov. 15:4 “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” 7. Prov. 16:22 “Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.” 8. Ps 36:9 “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
I find that it has to do more with the manna that was given to their ancestors and what it stood for. Here we find Jesus saying “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” 3 Before He made this statement He found the ____________________________________________________________
2. B.F. Westcott, The Gospel According to St. John (London: John Murry, 1896), 102, http://books.google.com/books? (accessed June 14, 2011). 3. Life Application Bible: New International Version; John 6:35.
people that were with Him from the night before got in their boats and went to Capernaum in search of him to question how He got there. He knew they did not care about the miracle He performed the day prior, but about the food they received. He taught them that they did not...