This is Pastor David’s Weekly Blog No.4 - I hope this is an encouraging message.
Last week’s blog was a focus on the Apostle John and the unique writing which was directly related to his close and intimate relationship with His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. John wrote of the way in which Jesus described Himself as the ‘I AM’.
There are 7 descriptive references which show us the complete role which Jesus has in our lives -
I am the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection & the Life, the Way, the Truth & the Life and the True Vine.
He is the Great ‘I AM’....
7 famous references to Jesus where He was demonstrating exactly who He was and that His DNA was that of His Heavenly Father. If these had been spoken by any mortal, they would have been identified as blasphemous. When Jesus spoke them out, He was praised.
However, Jesus went further than these 7 by displaying a further demonstration of His sovereignty in John 8 v 58-59. He was challenged by the mob wanting to stone the woman caught in adultery. After the subject turned to Father Abraham - Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!” At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.
He was, clearly, connecting Himself with His Father from Exodus 3 v 14, at the time God spoke to Moses at the burning bush where God. This was the time that God use the expression, famously, laid down His authority over man. Jesus was not afraid to associate Himself with His Father in any form which man could recognize - but what is the fruit of this relationship for us as humans? How can we ever think that we can become an adopted child of God, a friend? It sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Well, how about we look at the strength of our relationship with Him…?
Our relationship is personal, no-one else can take us to where Jesus can -
I AM God’s child John 1 v 12
I AM Christ’s friend John 15 v 15
I AM united with Christ 1 Corinthians 6 v 17
I AM complete in Him Colossians 2 v 10
I AM free …from condemnation Romans 8 v 1
…from guilt Romans 8 v 31
I AM hidden with Christ Colossians 3 v 3
I AM a citizen of Heaven Philippians 3 v 20
I AM born of God 1 John 5 v 18
I AM God’s temple 1 Corinthians 3 v 16
I AM a Minister of reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5 v 17
I AM God’s co-worker 1 Corinthians 3 v 9, 2 Corinthians 6 v 1
I AM God’s workmanship Ephesians 2 v 10
These are the foundational scriptures which we use when we are counselling inmates and offenders through the Celebrating Recovery program. Of course, offenders are not all addicted but there is a high proportion who need support. We use the principle which Jesus used to associate Himself with us - yes, we humans.
It wasn’t only in this teaching of the I AM statements. Check out when He said to His disciples “you are my friends if you obey My commandments …’ in John 15 v 14. Friends!! how could Almighty God want to get closer to us than a friend? John follows this up in verse 16 with a significant statement continues I chose you - you did not choose me, do you see that? John again expressing the great love Jesus had for His friends and that He wanted us with Him. Grab a hold of that truth. That is what we are trying to portray to those in need - do you realise how much God loves you? if only we could take in a part of that truth, it would change their lives and they would never return to their old ways.
12 Steps Program....
In the forthcoming blogs, we will be highlighting the, particularly, successful 12 step program.
This counselling strategy is underpinned by the authority of Jesus and His great commission to us in Matthew 28 v 18-20. That He is the I AM is not in question to the believer, what is in question is whether we believe that? That God Almighty, the Sovereign God, the Creator of everything we see before us sent His only Son to show how much He loved us. This would prove the scripture - He has truly given us everything we need for life and Godliness (2 Peter 2 v 1).
That is our commission as After-Care Ministries. Help us by praying, volunteering or donating to our mission.