Today names do not always carry an understanding of the person. In bible times, names were given with purpose. This man called Jesus received his name by Divine appointment.
“thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.
“CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL,
which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23.
In Luke’s Gospel we are told,
“that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God.” (1:35).
Cruden’s Concordance, first edition, lists 198 names and titles for this man called Jesus. John’s Gospel gives us seven I am declarations and then there is the eighth to,
“A man that is called Jesus…” John 9:11.
Following are the seven along with a brief meaning to those who believe.
- “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life…” (6:35);
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever…(51).
Because He is the bread of life which we have eaten of – we are of his body. (See Part 2 for further explanation.)
2.“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world…
he that followeth me
shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.” (8:12)
Because Jesus’s is the light within us – we are a reflection of his glory.
“as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me
I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one.”
3. “I am the door of the sheep…” (10:7);
by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Because He is the door – the way has been opened for us to enter into a relationship with God the Father.
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
4. “I am the good shepherd…” (10:11);
and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”
Because Jesus is the good shepherd – we are known of him and know him. This is not a casual knowing but a knowing that gives us peace and assurance.
“My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
5. “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life…” (11:25)
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live;
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?”
Because He is the resurrection and the life – we are among the living who will never die.
“because I live, ye shall live also…John 14:19;
And said unto them, Thus it is written,
and thus it behooved Christ to suffer,
and to rise from the dead the third day…
And ye are witnesses of these things.”
6. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (14:6);
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Because Jesus is the way, the truth, the life – we follow only Him, we know the truth, and we have life.
“Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.”
7. “I am the vine…” (15:5); ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” (15:5)
Because He is the vine – we are fruitful branches abiding in him. Abiding in him we can do all things for He is our strength.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
And then there is the eighth – a man called Jesus who is God called, I Am.
“Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Before Abraham was,
“And God said unto Moses,
I AM THAT I AM…”
“And he said unto them,
Ye are from beneath; I am from above:
ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
I said therefore unto you,
that ye shall die in your sins:
for if ye believe not
that I am he,
ye shall die in your sins.”
When Jesus spoke with the disciples on the eve of his arrest, He told them,
“Now I tell you before it come, that,
when it is come to pass, ye may believe
that I am he.”
Isaiah declares the Lord’s eternal existence.
“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel,
and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
I am the first, and I am the last;
and beside me there is no God.”
In Revelation John writes what he saw and heard.
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me,
Fear not; I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Because Jesus is that, I Am – we exist and have the opportunity to enter into an everlasting covenant of life with Him.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:3,4.
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
As this man called Jesus has made himself known to us, may we be faithful to make him known to the lost.