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#11 Life Sketch of Jesus

During our first meetings, we introduced ourselves by sharing our life sketch, an introduction of what we wanted to know about each other.  Today we will talk about what Jesus wants us to know about him.  Each of these statements from the Bible tells us an important truth about what Jesus said about himself.

Jesus used very specific words so that we can understand who he is and relate to him in a way that has meaning.

Jesus said,

I AM the living bread.  John 6:51

I AM the light of the world.  John 8:12

I AM the gate for the sheep.    John 10:9

I AM the good shepherd.  John 10:11

I AM the way, the truth, and the life.   John 14:6

I AM the true vine John 15:1

I AM the resurrection and the life.  John 11:25


We will take each of these “I AM” expressions one by one and talk about each one separately, but first let us talk about the overall significance of these sayings.

  1. What comes to your mind right now if you were to say? “I am _____________.”
  2. Describing yourself, how would you complete the sentence? “I am __________.”
  3. Thinking of your greatest quality, complete the sentence “I am __________.”
  4. What is your first impression of Jesus from the words he used to describe himself?
  5. What words would you have chosen to describe who Jesus is? How is that different from the words Jesus chose?
  6. Which one of the “I AM’s” of Jesus do you think of when you read John 20:30-31?

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.    John 20:30-31

In Lesson #12, “I am the bread of life” is discussed in greater detail.

For further reading:

God’s name is “I AM” 

Word List

sketch – an outline or a summary

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