There are seven I AM statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. They are words that, on their own, might not give much help in matters of faith:  Bread. Light. Gate. Shepherd. Life. Way. Vine.

That’s where context comes in.  How one hears something has a direct and deep correlation to how one is feeling, thinking, observing.  Context is colored by one’s personal experience.  Some of these I AM statements of Jesus might mean very little to you personally; but another I AM statement might be deep and richly meaningful.  For example:

To a livestock owner, the shepherd image is helpful.  She understands the animal-human bond.

To a dying person, life might be just what they need to meditate on.  For she desperately wants life to continue.

For a baker, a chef, even a nursing parent–what beauty there is in knowing a Lord who says:  I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry.

To one who is intensely fearful at night, how might his heart sing to hear, I am the light of the world.

To a gardener or a crop farmer, the vine image makes complete sense.  He experiences the every-day miracle of how things grow.

What’s your context…what’s happening in your life now?  If you’re not sure, go back and read the seven I AM statements [blue hyperlink, above].  Which I AM statement feels most like promise to you? Why do you think that is?

If you could add or modify an I AM statement based on your personal context, what would it be?  Share your ideas with a comment.

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