God replied to Moses, “I am who i am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14)
Origins: Hebrew for “I AM” is a form of the verb “to be,” hayah
Meaning: Yahweh is God’s personal name, eternal, timeless, self-existing and self-sufficient. God is the uncreated Creator, independent of any concept, force, or entity
Usage: English Bibles substitute the word “LORD” for Yahweh. When the Pharisees asked who Jesus was He said, “Before Abraham was even born, I AM!” (John 8:56-58). He used the personal "I AM" name revealed in Exodus 3:14 thereby declaring He was the eternal God incarnate.
Application: Jesus used the same phrase in seven declarations. He said I AM...
- the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51); Partake of Him and live
- the Light of the World (John 8:12); Walk in His light
- the Gate for the Sheep (John 10:7, 9); Enter eternal life through Him
- the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14); Know, hear and follow Him
- the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25); Trust Him and live in His power
- the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6); Follow Him, know Him, accept Him
- the True Vine (John 15:1, 5); Abide in Him and bear fruit
Time does not change Jesus. Rest in His unchanging character. As the source of life, Jesus does not need anything. Depend on Him for everything.