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“I AM…The Door” (Into Abundant Life)

Overview of Jesus as our “I AM”

We need to keep in mind our purpose for taking a close look at the “I AM” statements of Jesus. John, again, has the desire to present Jesus to His readers as God incarnate (in the flesh). Looking at these statements from Jesus we will begin to understand that Jesus is our all in all. He is everything to us. Jesus as the “I AM” is forever relevant (John 8:56-59). He is never outdated or behind. He is ever-present throughout the ages. He is always going to be the “Bread” that gives us healthy nourishment for our body and soul. He is always going to be the “Light” that illumines our thinking causing us to see true reality. Today we will see Jesus as our doorway into abundant life.

 

Perspective to Understand

As we look at these "I AM" statements that Jesus made we must understand that He is communicating to us that He is our ever present help in time of need. It is also important to remember that we are always in need. If we expect to live in the abundance that Jesus has prepared for us we must remain in constant contact with our all sufficient Savior. Daily He is our "Bread of Life", our "Light of Truth", and out "Door into the Abundance of God".

 

John 10:1-10

Contextual notes (reoccurring themes)

  • Those who believed Jesus’ word were the true children of Abraham. (John 8:33-40)
  • A true teacher of truth (God’s word) is one who is sent from God.
  • Those who understand and believe God’s word will receive God’s messenger.

Our Text (Read)

  1. Jesus is proclaiming Himself to be the true teacher and Savior for Israel (and eventually the Gentiles).
    1. He is sent by God according to the word of God.
  2. Jesus as the true teacher reveals the truth to His sheep.   
    1. John 8:31-36, 38, 40
    2. John 15:15
    3. Hebrews 1:1-3
  3. Jesus is the doorway into the blessing and peace of God.
    1. John 10:9-10        
    2. Notice how Jesus receives the blind beggar after the Pharisees cast him out. (John 9:35-38)
  4. Jesus draws a destinctive line of contrast between darkness and light.
    1. John 9:39
      1. “For judgment” - John 9:39 does not contradict John 3:16-17. The reason for our Lord’s coming was salvation, but the result of His coming was condemnation of those who would not believe. The same sun that brings beauty out of the seeds also exposes the vermin hiding under the rocks. The religious leaders were blind and would not admit it; therefore, the light of truth only made them blinder. The beggar admitted his need, and he received both physical and spiritual sight. No one is so blind as he who will not see, the one who thinks he has “all truth” and there is nothing more for him to learn. (Warren Weirsbe)
      2. Just as the blind beggar was introduced to the Savior, received sight from Him, believed in Him, and worshiped Him. All who encounter Jesus and are willing to come to terms with their blindness, realizing that only Jesus can make them see, will see and worship.
      3. All who see the light of Jesus and reject Him, will be condemned (judged).
  5. Take away principles to encourage
    1. It is a fine thing to recognize your infirmities and run to Jesus, the door into the refuge of God.
      1. Notice the contrast between the rule of Satan and the rule of Christ.
        1. Hebrews 2:14-18 - 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
          15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 
          16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 
          17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 
          18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
        2. Hebrews 4:14-16 - 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
          15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 
          16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 
          17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 
          18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.