I AM the First and the Last

Jesus said, “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18 In most artistic renditions, Jesus appears to be a gentle man. But that isn’t the Jesus the apostle John saw in a vision …

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said to [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 Shortly before His death and resurrection, Jesus performed His last miracle. When told that His dear friend Lazarus was ill, Jesus delayed …

I AM the Way, Truth, and Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 The Passover dinner conversation took an unexpected turn. First, Jesus said that one of the disciples would betray him (John 13:18). Then Jesus said something that chilled the disciples’ souls: “I will be with you only a …

I AM the Vine

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will …

I AM the Good Shepherd

 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” He then defined a shepherd’s role by explaining, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). But …

I AM the Gate for the Sheep

 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:3-4 Jesus said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will …

I AM the Light of the World

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 When Jesus walked on earth, the Pharisees were considered enlightened leaders—blessed with deep spiritual insight. They were experts in the Mosaic Law, which they fastidiously observed. Most people viewed them as the nation’s spiritual …

I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. … This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:48, 58 Miracles. Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women and children with two loaves of barley bread and two fish. After this miracle, the crowd …