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Investigating Jesus

Investigating Jesus Part 24

 Jesus - The "I AM"


"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15:7-8).

Those are the seven “I AM” statements, which as well as equating Himself with God as the “I AM”, Jesus is also promoting his exclusivity as the only Saviour. He does not say I am a true vine; a way, a truth and a life. Nor does he say I am a resurrection and a life. He does not say “I am a door to life”, just as he does not say “I am a shepherd”, “a light” or “a bread of life”.

No! We investigated together that Jesus said that He is the only way, the only truth and the only life. Jesus is the one great shepherd and the only door to life. Jesus is the only light of the world and the only true bread of life. As his disciples, currently in the Western world, we get shouted at and criticized for holding such exclusive views.

But if Jesus was not God and he was only one path to God, would Jesus have needed to go through the agony of the cross, as payment for the sins of the world? Of course, he wouldn’t have needed to. That he did shows that he is the only path and only means of access to God. It is only through the resurrected Jesus that salvation can be assured and then only by a childlike faith and not by any other means. That is why we should not capitulate to current trends to unite all religions, which say that all paths lead to God. Jesus Christ Himself, as we have seen, has said that he, and he alone, is the way to God and salvation is only through his work on the cross for all those who trust and believe in Him.

In the next of this series released every Sunday, we will start to look at some of the people that Jesus met during his time here on earth.

 

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