I Am

“And God said unto Moses,

I AM THAT I AM …

this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”

                   Exodus 3: 14,15

Jesus said,

I AM-

“that bread of life …

the living bread which cometh down from heaven,

that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

John 6:48,50

  • “O taste and see that the LORD is good:
  • blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

I AM-

“the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the light of life.”

John 12:8

  • “While ye have light, believe in the light,
  • that ye may be the children of light …
  • For ye were sometimes darkness,
  • but now are ye light in the Lord;
  • walk as children of light;” John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8

I AM-

“the door of the sheep ..

by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,

and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

John 10:7,9

  • “For through him we both have access by one Spirit, unto the Father.
  • Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
  • but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Ephesians 2:18,19

I AM-

“the good shepherd:

the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep …

and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”

John 10:11,14

  • “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
  • them also I must bring,
  • and thy shall hear my voice;
  • and there shall be one fold,
  • and one shepherd.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” John 10:16,17

I AM-

“the resurrection, and the life:

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?”

John 11:25,26

  • ”O death, where is thy sting?
  • O grave, where is thy victory?
  • The sting of death is sin;
  • and the strength of sin is the law.
  • But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

I AM-

“the way …

  • “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children:
  • And walk in love,
  • as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:1,2

… the truth …

  • “For the law was given by Moses,
  • but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ …
  • But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
  • for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
  • God is a Spirit;
  • and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 1:17;4:23,24

… the life …

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

  • He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
  • and shall not come into condemnation:
  • but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24

… no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

I AM-

“the vine 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.”

John 15:5

  • “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…
  • my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:13,19,20

These seven statements of Christ reveal He is our everything, but one more “I Am” statement needs visited. We began in the book of Exodus and will end in Revelation when Jesus says,

I AM-

“Alpha and Omega,

the beginning and the ending,

saith the Lord,

which is, and which was, and which is to come,

the Almighty …

And behold, I come quickly,

and my reward is with me,

to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega,

the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Revelation 1:8;22:12,13

  • “Blessed are they that do his commandments,
  • that they may have right to the tree of life,
  • and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14

Praying together that-

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen …

even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

” Hebrews 13:20-21; Revelation 22:20,21

The Shepherd And His Sheep

cross-sunset-sunrise-hill-70847.jpegThis week’s passage takes us to the hills of Judah to meet, “the chief Shepherd…” He is the one who died to save his sheep, rose from the dead to give us life, the one who will come to lead us home, and the one who will crown his sheep with, “glory that fadeth not away.” He told those who would receive it –

“I am the good shepherd:

  • the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep …
  • The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
  • I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
  • As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:
  • and I lay down my life for the sheep … No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.
  • I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father …
  • And I give unto them eternal life.” From John 10:11-18,28

Today’s post concerns the Shepherd, who He is, what He has done for the sheep, and what He promises the sheep. And to save confusion about the sheep, we are told –

“And ye my flock,

the flock of my pasture, are men,

and I am your God, saith the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 34:31

Identifying the good shepherd;

“I am … good –

The rich young ruler’s cloak gave him wings as he ran to fall at the feet of the one he believed could settle the doubt tearing his heart apart.

“Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him,

Why callest thou me good?

There is none good but one,

that is, God.”

Mark 10:17,18

Jesus is the good Shepherd. The only one who is God. Another, who only, knew what Christ’s enemies said of him, proclaimed at Jesus’ mock trial –

“Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people,

I find no fault in this man.” Luke 23:4

The centurion witnessed the gruesome death of Jesus, as he had witnessed many others in his line of duty. But of Jesus, he said –

“Truly this man was the Son of God.”

Mark 15:39

The work of the good shepherd:

He – giveth his life for the sheep …

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.

I have power to lay it down,

and I have power to take it again –

Pilate trembled at the words of the chief priests and officers. Was it true? Did this man Jesus claim to be the Son of God. As a Roman, Pilate knew the wrath of the gods his countrymen feared. He knew of the endless sacrifices and appeasements made to gain their favor. None seemed to make a difference. But this man, whom he found no fault in – could he be the Son of God – the Jews God? He returned to Jesus to hear the words from his own mouth. But Jesus did not speak for or against the charge.

“Then saith Pilate unto him,

Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Jesus answered,

Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above; therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” John 19:10,11

Pilate turned Jesus over to the crowd to be crucified.

The lion attacked. He ripped at the Shepherd’s flesh, seeking to destroy him. The Shepherd did not fight back. He would not win this battle as David had in defending his sheep. Sin’s evil hand shredded the Shepherd’s back. His ripped and ragged body would save the sheep of his fold from sin’s torturous death. We would reap reward at his expense. After the march to Golgotha, after the nails were hammered into his hands and feet, after six hours of hanging on the tree of cursing –

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst…

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished:

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

John 19:28,30.

The Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep, past, present, and future. As he laid it down, he would take it up again. He appeared to the apostle John exiled on the isle of Patmos, and said –

“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.”

Revelation 1:17,18

Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, the Shepherd of the souls who will enter into the life he died to give his sheep. We are the sheep.

Next time we hope to look at the personal relationship between the Shepherd and his sheep. Until then may we be found praising him for laying down his life for us and rewarding us with his victory over death.

The Door of Opportunity

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In this world, we seek out doors of opportunity. We want to make things happen to see our desires for advancement realized. We want to live life to its fullest and try to find it behind whatever door creaks open. Some of those doors are legitimate, others not. But there is only one door that can fulfill the promise of a life lived out of abundance.

This Week’s I Am Passage:

“Then said Jesus unto them again,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

I am the door of the sheep.

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:

but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door:

by me if any man enter in,

he shall be saved

and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

I am come

that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 10:7-10

Jesus Christ is the door of opportunity for an abundant life.

Please, bear with me this week. I may be slow in responding to comments and visiting your blogs. A great door of opportunity is mine. Our Day Camp is happening. This opens the way for our team to present the love of Jesus Christ to a group of children, in hopes they will enter the door to the abundant life found in Him.

Questions to Ponder:

How would you describe a life of abundance? What does that phrase mean to you?

Ruby’s Light

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There once was a man named John. He was sent from God to tell the people about Jesus, the One who said of himself,

“I am the light of the world.”

 John was –

  • “to bear witness of the Light,
  • that all men through him might believe.
  • He was not that Light,
  • but was sent to bear witness of that Light …
  • the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:7-9

There was only one problem. Jesus came but soon he would be going back to the Father. His light would no longer walk among us.

“Then Jesus said unto them,

Yet a little while is the light with you,

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you:

for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

While ye have light, believe in the light,

that ye may be the children of light.

These things spake Jesus ….”

John 12:35,36.

Jesus would go to the Father but he would not leave us in darkness. He would leave his light in those who believe in him.

A Story of Light

“Remember me! Remember me?” The shrill voice of the older teen waving her hands above her head carried across the store better than any intercom.

I smiled. A blank stare clouded my eyes.

“It’s me from Day Camp,” she explained.

Her name brought recollection. As director, I didn’t always get to know the children well, but I knew the names from the registration process. I could honestly say, “ Yes, I remember now. How are you?”

Without answering my question, she asked about one person. “Miss Ruby? Is she still at camp? How is she doing?”

Miss Ruby taught the six-year-olds about Jesus and his love for years. It wasn’t only her words they remembered. It was the love.

“She was great. She got in the lake with us and taught us all how to swim. She was always right there with us.” She showed her children the love of the Lord.

Miss Ruby is now in her early nineties. Her hearing and eyesight are dim but the light of the Lord in her shines brighter than ever. When she could no longer drive she would walk to her neighbors’ homes and invite them to church or given the slightest opening, tell them about the Lord and how they needed him in their lives. She even hosted a bible study in her home. Her son lead it since she could no longer read. But I can guarantee you, those present heard about Jesus from her own lips.

I talked to Ruby a few days ago. The first thing she talked about was who she had been sharing Jesus with and of course the camp. The light of Jesus shines brighter in her the closer she gets to home. She reminds me of the verse in Psalms concerning –

“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD

shall flourish in the courts of our God.

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;

they shall be fat and flourishing;(If someone reads this to you, Ruby, I’m not calling you fat.)

To shew that the LORD is upright:

he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”

Psalm 92:13-15

Sister Ruby’s light of Christ continues to shine to the glory of her heavenly Father. We who walk in Jesus’ light are –

Children of light;

“But we all,

with open face beholding in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 3:18;

“For ye were sometimes darkness,

but now are ye light in the Lord:

walk as children of light …

Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Ephesians 5:8; Matthew 5:16

And we who, like Sister Ruby, have tasted of the Lord’s grace are among –

“A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;

that ye should shew forth the praises of him

who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;”

1 Peter 2:9

If your light isn’t burning as bright as it once did, walk a little closer to its source.  

Filled with Life Overflowing

“It is the Spirit who gives life;

the flesh profits nothing.

The words that I speak to you are spirit,

and they are life.”

John 6:63 (NKJV)

This week’s great passage:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

I am the bread of life.

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness,

and are dead.

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven,

that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven:

if any man eat of this bread,

he shall live for ever:

and the bread that I will give

is my flesh.”

John 6:47-51

Jesus said,

I am –

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Before Abraham was,

I am.”

John 8:58;

The living bread –

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,

SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT,

BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME …

said he,

Lo, I come to do thy will O God … 

by the which will we are sanctified

through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…

Therefore doth my Father love me,

because I lay down my life,

that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.

I have power to lay it down,

and I have power to take it again.

This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Hebrews 10:5, 9, 10; John 10:17,18

which came down from heaven –

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven,

but he that came down from heaven,

even the Son of man which is in heaven …

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven,

and giveth life unto the world.”

John 3:13; John 6:33

If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever

“As the  living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father

so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me …

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;

yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me, and gave himself for me …

This is that bread which came down from heaven …

he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”

John 6:57; Galatians 2:20; John 6:58

and the bread that I will give is my flesh,

“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you …

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed …

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?

And your labour for that which satisfieth not?

Hearken diligently unto me,

and eat ye that which is good,

and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

1Corinthians 11:24; Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 55:2

which I will give for the life of the world

The Promise:

“Incline your ear, and come unto me;

hear, and your souls shall live:

and I will make an everlasting covenant with  you,

even the sure mercies of David …

For God so loved the word,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Isaiah 55:3;John 3:16

Is there a gnawing in your soul, an emptiness leaving you hungry?

“And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life:

he that cometh to me shall never hunger,

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

Jesus is the Bread of Life to satisfy your hunger, the hunger for life.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10

What are you feasting on, life or death?


Check out Lily’s post  at tblsite.me/2021/06/04/jesus-the-bread-of-life for a finishing thought to this post and a beautiful picture.