In Exodus 3:14, God refers to Himself as “I AM WHO I AM.” When God was sending Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage, God told Moses to tell the Israelites that “I AM has sent me [Moses] to you.”
In the New Testament, Jesus comes to us as the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of God’s being (Heb. 1:3). This is a tremendous statement, reality, and gift to us. We have an exact image of God represented to us in Jesus Christ. If we want to follow God, we have a perfect place to look, the ultimate example to follow! Beholding Jesus is beholding God. That makes it pretty simple to know our direction in life.
So, let’s clarify what “I AM” really means as it reveals God’s nature to us. Jesus refers to Himself as “I AM” in the Gospel of John. Jesus says:
“I am the bread of life” (Jn. 6:35, 48), and in verses 41 and 51 He adds that He is the living bread who came down from Heaven. Jesus gives us eternal life when we believe in Him, and in this life, He becomes our source and supply of every physical and spiritual need. He brings the supernatural to bear in our natural circumstances.
“I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus tells us that when we follow Him, we will never walk in the darkness of this world, but we will receive the light of life, the very life and glory of God, His power and His presence in every situation!
“I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7, 9). A gate is a door, a way to enter in. Jesus says here that He is THE gate, not a gate. Jesus is the door to salvation in every area of our lives. He is the gate to our eternal salvation, and He is the gate to blessing and provision in our lives. Jesus says those who enter in and go out through Him, will find pasture. That means when we allow Him to be our gatekeeper, we find rest and protection, pleasantness in life. Jesus says that He will protect us from the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and we will have life to the full through Him.
“I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14). The shepherd watches over, protects, and provides for the sheep. The shepherd is the sheep’s guide. The shepherd knows his sheep intimately, and understands its every need. He cares for the sheep unlike a hired hand. The shepherd here, Jesus, loves us (His sheep) so much that He was willing to lay down His life for us so that we could know His voice, His love, His provision, His blessing, and His path for our lives.
“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is our resurrection into eternal life with God the Father, but resurrection also signifies the power of the Anointing. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power, and Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). Jesus is the incarnate power of God given to us that we might live in the Resurrection here on this earth! We can be resurrected from lack, sickness, and spiritual darkness of any kind into life in the full manifested glory of God, the fullness of Christ in this current life!
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Following Jesus brings us into the proper path (the path of God’s blessing), the truth (God’s wisdom and revelation in every situation), and a life lived in the light of God’s presence and power! Jesus is our way to see God and to walk in His goodness here on earth! Psalm 27 tells us that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. When we follow Jesus, He makes sure of it.
“I am the vine” (John 15:5). A vine is a channel of life for everything attached to it. When Jesus says He is the vine, He also says that we are the branches on His vine. We must stay connected to Him to bear the good fruit God intends for each of us to experience in our lives. Jesus says that apart from Him, we can do nothing. That is because Jesus is the connection we have to the Holy Spirit, Who came to us in Jesus’ stead after the resurrection. The Anointing remains in us when we abide in and follow Jesus. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22). When we walk in these, we see the very nature of God come to life in our own lives.
Spend time meditating on who you are because Jesus in you brings the manifestation of the Great I AM into your life!