Hope is I AM

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” John 8:58

“I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) John 18:5

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Often, we Christians celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but forget about his life. Yes, there are close to three decades we don’t know about him. As a child being raised by Mary and Joseph, playing with his brothers and sisters, apprenticing as a carpenter and even making a living as one.

Then there are those three years we read about in our Bibles. His mission work; the work he was sent here to do by our Father. The work he did when he walked side by side with the women and men who faithfully followed him, gave up everything for him, were confused by him, healed by him, forgiven by him, given grace by him, loved by him and eventually came to know and love him.

According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus began his ministry by teaching in the synagogues in Galilee, then went to his home town of Nazareth to teach in the synagogue there.

And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

Because he has anointed me

To proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovering of the sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed

To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he said to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21

This public declaration of who he was did not sit well with the people in his home town.

Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Matthew 13:55-57

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Mark 6:3

Even though many witnessed his miracles and spent time in his presence, they still did not believe. The Gospel of John records many metaphors Jesus used in his ministry to help people understand who he is.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:7,9

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” John 11:25

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides n me and I in him will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1,5

We have a choice; to walk with him or not; to believe or not; to love or not. With belief and faith come unexplainable acceptance, grace, mercy, peace and love.

Jesus had a choice, too. He chose to endure incredible torture. He chose to take on our disconnectedness from God so that we – God’s children – could be reconciled to his Father.

Before his death, Jesus prayed for his disciples. But he also prayed for us. Those of us living today. Here is his prayer for you and for me. Let his love into your heart. Soak in it. Cry if you need to. And be blessed by it.

JesusPrays

“I’m not praying only for them. I’m also praying for those who will believe in me through their message. I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me. I did this so that they are united in the same way we are. I am in them, and you are in me. So they are completely united. In this way the world knows that you have sent me and that you have loved them in the same way you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)

14 comments

  1. We are all one in the Gods absolute truth – every knee shall bow. ALL must be in unity..pity there is so much animosity between all the religions fighting over who is right and who is wrong – when Christ came to unite all people of the earth – all shall be saved from themselves…in the end. Yet we curse people to this thing called hell? I wonder just how much of Gods promises we actually understand and believe? If every knee shall ultimately bow – who exactly is this place called hell for? Many questions we need to ask about the reason Christ came. The surface is fundamental. The deeper places we fear to go, the global scale of all our judgement and hypocrisy in having our own interpretations of what these words mean, in contrast to how God reveals himself to ALL people and the gift His son gave the people of the earth. To have the characteristics of a Christlike heart is perhaps an acceptance of Christ.
    But we can be so pernicity in our pedanticness and are not keen to look further and see the beauty of WHAT exactly the Son of God gave us… all of us.

    Beautiful tribute to The Master 🙂

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    1. I love that “persnickety in our pedanticness” line. I’m going to have to steal – er, ah, I mean borrow that one day. LOVE it! 😀
      Yes, unity is what we’re supposed to be after. (sigh)
      Our egos get in the way of grace.

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      1. Borrow away 😀
        If we could look past the end of our stuck up noses we may get somewhere 😛

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  2. Beautiful post, Susan. The words I AM are extremely powerful, ones that I AM very aware of when I speak. I do not attach anything negative to those words. ONLY LIFE. Bless you for this incredible post! Love, Amy

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy. Love and hugs back. 😀

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  3. That there would be a turning away of sin across the world. A revival in the hearts of all mankind. That the lost would know the love that God has for them. That not one would perish. God is faithful and patiencent.

    Thank you for sharing this post Susan

    Much love Tom

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    1. Amen, my sweet brother.

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  4. Wonderful post. Only last night I was privileged to lead an orthodox Jewish women to Jesus. Her biggest objection up front was being disowned by her family. She is 38. She counted the cost and Jesus was more precious to her than her family. If we only knew how much some really suffer for Jesus. Thank you my dear friend. May God bless you with a most wonderful Christmas, and a healthy and peaceful 2015. God bless.

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    1. Wow. It is difficult some days; yet He is our hope and our future.
      Bless you for your boldness, Levi; and bless her for her willingness to open her heart and the door to her Savior.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family. May His light continue to shine brightly through you.

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  5. One thing I have never quite understood is how they witnessed His miracles and still did not believe!

    Thank you for sharing your post on hope..the great I Am. God is with us. xo

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    1. He is indeed, Dale. I guess witnessing is one thing; opening the heart is another altogether.
      Bless you and your family. May healing continue; may peace reign, my sweet friend. ❤

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  6. Beautiful post Susan. God’s blessing and peace be upon you this Christmas and always. Love you, Merry Christmas! Diana

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    1. And back to you, sweet Diana. I pray all is well with your soul, my sister. Love you.

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