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I Am: The Vine

The Holy Spirit
  • References: John 14:26, 16:7, 8, 13, 15
John 14:12 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

John 15:1–4 (NLT) “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  

Jesus is The Vine

Colossians 1:16 (NLT) Everything was created through him and for him.

Acts 17:28 (NIV) ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ 

The Father is the gardener.
John 15:1–12 (NLT) “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”

1. Correction
Correction comes because we are doing something wrong.

“The Lord may affirm you in your efforts, but he will never affirm error.”

Hebrews 12:10-11 (NIV) 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

John 15:3(NIV) You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

Proverbs 12:1 (NLT) To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. 

2. Pruning
John 15:2(NLT) He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

Pruning comes because we are doing something right. 

We are the Branches:
John 15:5-11(NLT) 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

He expects fruit.
“We are the branches; our role is to produce fruit.”

A. The fruit of overflowing joy.
B. The fruit of Answered Prayer. 

C. The Fruit of The Spirit.
Galatians 5:22–25 (NLT) 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 

“Fruit is produced, not forced.”

Abiding in him:
Remain/Abide/Dwell: “To remain stable or fixed in a state” 

1. Trusting him
Romans 7:4 (NLT) Now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.

“We produce fruit by staying and not straying.”  

2. Obeying him. 
Colossians 1:9 &10 (NLT) We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

3. Loving one another. 

John 15:16–17 (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

I Am: The Way, The Truth, & The Life

John 14:1–11 (NLT) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

John 14:4–5 (NLT) 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going…

Where are we going?
Misconceptions about heaven.

“Heaven is more than a place in the cosmos; it’s a place in the family.”

Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household.

How do we get there?
John 14:5-6 (NLT) …So how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

“Jesus is narrow-minded.” 
Matthew 7:14 (NIV) Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

“The way is narrow, but the invitation is wide.”

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. 

John 14:5-6 (NLT) 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
“Jesus reveals The way TO the Father and OF The Father.”

1. Jesus reveals the Father's ways.
A. The Father’s Goodness.
Psalm 119:68 (NLT) You are good and do only good.
Romans 2:4 (NLT) 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? 

B. The Father's Grace
John 1:14, 16 (NIV) We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. …16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
NASV Grace upon Grace. Compounded grace. 
Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 

C. The Father's Generosity
John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. Jesus reveals the Truth of The Father
“If your truth doesn’t line up with the Truth, then you have a lie.”
John 1:17–18 (NIV) 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

Hebrews 1:1–3 (NIV) 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word

3. Jesus reveals Life in The Father.

I AM: The Resurrection and The Life

John 11:17–26 (NLT) 
17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

What is Jesus saying?
"I Am The Ressurection"

“When encounter The Resurrection, our body will perish, but our spirit will live forever.

"When we encounter Jesus, death loses its power over us."

Romans 8:10–11 (NLT) 10 Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
  • "The Holy Spirit is the escort that leads us to know and become like Jesus." 
“And The Life”

John 11:32–37 (NLT) 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”
God is emotional.

John 11:38–44 (NLT) 38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

“In Christ, we are defined by a resurrection moment.” 

The Resurrected life:
  1. Living Hopeful
John 11:26 (NLT) Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

"In the Kingdom, hopelessness is an illusion.”
Isaiah 61: 3(NIV) A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
  •  Faith is active trust.
  •  Hope is the joyful expectation of good.

“Hope is Holy optimism.”

1 Peter 1:3–4 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)… he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

2. Freedom
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT) Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:4–6 (NLT) 4 God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

I AM: The Good Shepherd

References: John 10, Psalms 23, 1 Peter, Exodus 33,

John 10:6–21 (NLT) 7 "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.  
11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don't belong to him and he isn't their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he's working only for the money and doesn't really care about the sheep. 14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. 
17 "The Father loves me because
 I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded." 19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, "He's demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?" 21 Others said, "This doesn't sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

a-los: beautiful, good, desirable. Intrinsically sound and morally and ethically flawless.

Not so good shepherds.
A. Vile shepherds, Thieves and robbers, false messiahs, and mobsters led the religious system.

B. Faithful Shepherds: Abraham, Moses, David.

"You don't have to be flawless to be faithful."

Romans 3:23–24 (NLT) 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

"There are no perfect sheep, only a perfect shepherd." 

II. The Shepherd Heart of God
John 10:11(NLT) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
Matthew 18:12–14 (NLT) 12 "If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn't wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish.

How does one acquire sheep? They purchase them
1 Peter 1:18–19 (NLT) For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

1. He died brutally.
"Under the law, the sheep dies for the shepherd. In grace, the shepherd dies for the sheep."

1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

2. He died willingly & sacrificially.
John 10:18(NLT) "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily..."
"When God became a man, The Shepherd became The Lamb."

3. He died victoriously. 
John 10:18(NLT) "...I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again." 

"Jesus is the only one that ever defeated death." 

When the I Am is you Shepherd:
1. Belonging.
John 10:27 (NLT) My sheep…

Mark 3:13 (NIV) Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 

"He called you because he wanted you."

Romans 8:28–30 (NLT) 28 We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

2. Knowing.
John 10:27 (NLT) My sheep listen to my voice I know them…

"Proximity develops a discerning ear."
3. Leading 
John 10:27 (NLT) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."
"Jesus doesn't just listen. He leads. His sheep don't just listen; they follow."

Matthew 9:36 (NIV) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 11:28–30 (NIV) 28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

I Am: The Gate

References: John 9 John 10, Ezekiel 34, Jeremiah 23, Pslams 23

John 9:35–41 (NLT) 35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” 37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. 39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” 41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.

John 10:1–8 (NLT) 1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.

Thieves and Robbers: 
“Many are more familiar with the voice of thieves and robbers than the voice of Jesus.”

The Abundant Life
John 10:1–8 (NLT) 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Psalms 23:1(NIV) I shall not be in want.
“I Am The Gate.” 
1. Access.
Hebrews 10:19–22 (NIV) 19 Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

2. Inspection.

Psalm 23:4 (NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
Psalm 139:23–24 (NIV) Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 

“Jesus will never affirm sin because sin is harmful.”

“The conviction, cleansing, and correction of the Lord is his affirmation.”

3. A Family. 
Ephesians 2:18–19 (NIV) 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.

4. Security.
Proverbs 18:10 (NIV) The name of the Lord is a strong tower; 
the righteous run to it and are safe. 
“We find our security and identity in His name. The I AM is the gate to safety."

Psalm 46:1–2 (NIV) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear…

Matthew 7:13–14 (NIV) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Revelation 3:8 (NLT) “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.

I Am: The Light Of The World

References: Genesis 1, John 1, John 8 & 9

Genesis 1:1–4 (84) 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

John 1:1–14 (NIV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 John 8 

John 8:12 (NLT) Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” 

John 8:17-19 (NLT) 17 Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. 18 I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.” 19 “Where is your father?” they asked. Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”

John 8:31–32 (NLT) 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:42–44 (NLT) 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil…

John 8:58 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!”

The darkness speaks of
1. Absence
2. Evil
3. Deception/ Spiritual Blindness.
4. Hopelessness

The light speaks of 
1. Illumination+Revelation
Colossians 1:15 (NLT) Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
2. Safety 
3. Truth 

“Light is offensive to darkness.”
“When you close your eyes to the light of truth, you close your ears to God’s voice.”

John 8:24 (NLT) “For unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

4. Hope

Psalm 34:5 (NIV) Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

5. Guidance
Psalm 119:105 (NIV) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

John 8:12 (NLT) “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness."
We Eat the bread and follow the light. 

John 9:
John 9: 5-7 (NLT) 5 While I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

Living in the Light:
1. Walk in the light
1 John 1:5–7 (NIV) 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

2. Stay in the light
Micah 7:8 (NIV) Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

3. Shine the light
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 

Colossians 1:12–13 (NIV) 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Ephesians 5:11–14 (NIV) 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

I Am: The Bread Of Life


  • The call of Moses(Exodus 3) , The manna from heaven(Exodus 16), The feeding of the 5000(John 6)

“You have to get Jesus right.”

“If you get Jesus right, you get God right.”

 “I AM”

Exodus 3:13–14 (NLT) 13 Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” 
  • Self-existent: He simply is. 
  • Self-sufficient. And all sufficient
  • Present: Not “I was, or I used to be.”  

John 8:58 (NLT) “Before Abraham was even born, I Am!” 

I AM the bread of life. 
John 6:20 (NLT) He called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I Am here!”
  • Greek  “The I Am is here.”
John 6:25-36 (NLT) 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” 28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” 
30 They answered, 
“Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 

  • Manna” What is it? 

John 6:32-36 (NLT) 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 

Jesus was dealing with:
1. They wanted to crown him king. 
2. They had elevated Moses.
3. They wanted another sign: 
“Signs point to something.”

“Jesus puts the Man in manna.”

John 6:47-51 (NLT) 47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. 50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” 

The Bread of Life, What is he saying?
1. He is essential
  • John 8:24 (NLT) “Unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
2. He is sufficient
YHWH Jirah. Provider. Genesis 22:14
  • Philippians 4:19 (NIV) My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
3. He is sustaining 

4. He is substantive and satisfying. 

“Cravings are nurtured.” 

5. He is sharing life

John 6:66–69 (NLT) 66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” 68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”

“Bread must be broken to be shared.”

Luke 22:19–20 (NIV) 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

  • “Jesus, the bread of life, was broken to be shared.”  

John 6:58 (NLT) 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”