This year we have been memorizing the “I AM” statements of Jesus. Each one has been a declaration of the nature and character of our Lord and Savior. As we have memorized and meditated on each verse we have hopefully seen that Christianity is not an external religion but a relationship with the Living God through the imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus. It is in Christ that we find life itself. It is in Christ that all our needs are met. It is “Christ in us that is the hope of glory.” It is our union with Christ that brings about life and transformation.
Our role is then that of surrender to Christ. We must continuously “present ourselves to Him as living sacrifices.” Living daily surrendered to His control over our lives is what He calls us to. As we yield control to Him, He then produces in us the very fruit that we could never bring about on our own. We ought to surrender ourselves to Christ because of Who He is; God in the flesh. This last month we memorized John 8:58. I ran across the following article on the internet and thought I would encourage us with this excerpt:
“Just in case the reader missed it, John makes it even clearer by recording the time the Jews tried to kill Jesus for claiming be the I AM of the Old Testament scriptures (John 8:52-59). In the story the Jews asked Jesus, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus answered them in a way that they could not miss, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” The Jews reaction was to try to stone Jesus because he claimed to be equal to God (v. 58).
We only have one of four options or conclusions left to us by Jesus.
- Option one, the stories in the Bible are all legend. Jesus never really existed and all the stories in the Bible are fables.
- Option two, Jesus was a liar. Jesus willfully and duplicitously spun lie after lie. He laid claim to a title and a position to which He had no right. He promised to people things He knew He could not deliver.
- Option three, Jesus was a lunatic. Jesus, deranged and deluded, told stories and taught things about Himself which revealed insanity, not inspiration; delusion not divinity.
- Option four, the correct conclusion, Jesus is Lord. Jesus’ promises and claims may be relied upon. He is God in the flesh. He is the God-Man and the Savior of the world.
I love S. C. Lewis’ conclusion:
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with a man who said he was a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with some patronizing [sic] nonsense about Him being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity, 52).
Who is Jesus? He is the Bread to feed upon, the Light to follow, the Door to enter, the Shepherd to guide, the Resurrection upon which to wait, the Way of salvation to trust, and the Vine in which to abide.”
As we continue to memorize scripture through this year, may it serve us to get to know and love the One that “lives to be my King, and died to be my Savior.”
“Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain…”