A motorist is speeding down the road when he is
pulled over. The officer tells him, “Sir do you
realize how fast you were going?”
The motorist replies, “Yeah I know, but I have to
The cop interrupts him, “Not so fast. You’re going
to have to wait for the chief to get back in a few
The cop immediately takes the man to jail. After a
few hours the cop tells the man, “You’re lucky, the
chief is on his way back from his daughter’s
wedding, he’ll be in a good mood.”
The man replies, “I doubt it.”
The cop snaps back, “Why do you say that?”
The man replies, “I’m the groom!”
Today we are going to transition from the miracles of
Jesus to his iconic I AM statements. The one we are
going to look at this morning is not technically one of the
7- I AM statements of Jesus, but it is significant because it
makes us consider Jesus’ relationship with His Father and
it also helps us to more fully understand the entire gospel
Although our text is found in John 8, we are going to
have to take a look back to the beginning of this gospel
as well as going into the OT to fully understand what
Jesus is doing with these statements.
Today’s message will set the tone for the next several
weeks as we examine each of Jesus’ I AM statements.
There are several key theological concepts at work that
we will discuss this morning.
Before we get too far, I want to make sure we are all on
the same page. At the end of this section of Scripture
Jesus tells the Jews “before Abraham was born, I am”
Everything that He said leading up to that statement was
to help the Jews understand who He was. As He makes
this bold statement, they consider it blasphemy and pick
up rocks to stone Him.
Jesus selected His words carefully. He could have easily
said, before Abraham was born, I existed, but instead of
that He chose to use the same words God did when He
was speaking with Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3
You remember that story, right?
God told Moses He was the God of his father,
The God of Abraham
The God of Isaac
The God of Jacob
Moses questioned God, what if they ask your name?
God answered “I AM who I AM and He said, ‘Thus you
shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I Am has sent me to you’”
This is what Jesus is trying to explain to the Jews here,
I am from God, I am God, believe me and you will have
Let’s start by looking at how Jesus shows His:
John 8:35 Jesus says, “the slave does not remain in the
house forever, the son does remain forever.”
Jesus has always existed.
Later in Jesus’ high priestly prayer He references His time
with God before His time on earth.
It’s found in John 17:5
“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself,
with the glory which I had with You before the
Even if we turn back to the first chapter of Genesis we
will see that in the beginning God created everything.
When He created man, He said, let us make man in Our
image, according to Our likeness cf. Genesis 1:26
And in John 1:2-3 we read, “He was in the beginning with
God. All things came into being through Him, and apart
from Him nothing came into being that has come into
That’s the point John is making at the start of his gospel.
Jesus has always existed.
He is the second person of the Trinity, at God’s perfect
time He came to earth to complete God’s purpose of the
redemption of man through the death and resurrection of
Now, let’s look at John 8:42 “Jesus said to them, ‘If God
were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded
forth and have come from God, for I have not even come
on My own initiative, but He sent Me.”
This statement comes in the middle of Jesus telling them
that they may be descendants of Abraham, but they
aren’t children of God, because they don’t know Him,
can’t understand Him and don’t love Him. Not to
mention the small fact that they were trying to kill Him.
Now, if we turn back to John 1:14, we will read, “And the
Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His
glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full
of grace and truth.”
Also, in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in
Him would not perish but have eternal life.
God sent Jesus to earth to live a perfect life so that He
could be the spotless lamb which would take away the sin
of the world.
He gave His life so that we could be reconciled to God
Check out John 8:51 “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone
keeps My word he will never see death.”
This infuriated the Jews because they knew that Abraham
had died as well as the prophets.
How could Jesus be claiming to keep people from seeing
death. They accused Him of having a demon.
But, notice how Jesus mentions that if anyone keeps His
word they will never see death. He is the word.
We just got finished talking about it. He is God in flesh!
So, now we see His divine nature. He is fully man, but at
the same time He is fully God.
Think back once again to the first chapter of John.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
Jesus IS God.
So, He has every right to let people know that if they
believe in Him they will receive eternal life.
Like I mentioned earlier, Jesus using this phrase, I am
relates back to what God told Moses at the burning bush
Before we close, I want to mention just a few other
attributes that come out as Jesus interacts with these
He showed Obedience because the Father sent Him and
He willingly came to lay down His life so that we might be
reconciled to God. v.42
He spoke Truth in all that He said to them, they couldn’t
understand it because they were children of the devil.
He also told them they would know the truth and the
truth would set them free. v.44-45
Jesus showed Humility as He told them that He wasn’t
seeking His only glory, but the glory of the Father. v.50
God sent Jesus to save us from our sin, we know that,
but He also sent Jesus so that we would imitate Him.
We should live our lives after the perfect example Jesus
left for us. That is why we have the Bible, as a written
record of how God desires us to live. Jesus perfected it.
Our application is to Live Like Christ
The only way we can do it is through the power of the
Holy Spirit living inside of us.
How can we live a humble life?
Humility is putting the needs of others above your own.
It’s esteeming others as more important than yourself.
Christ came to serve and to give His life a ransom for
many. We can serve others by putting their needs first.
It can start at home with our own families.
Then, when we get that right, we can move on to others
How can we be obedient to God?
James writes, “Therefore, to one who knows the right
thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
When we read God’s word we know what He expects of
us. When we ignore it that is disobedience.
There are examples of disobedience and obedience in
God’s Word. We can learn from our mistakes and the
mistakes of others, but we can also learn from those who
got it right and go and do likewise.