The Message of The Gospels: The I Am Statements of John

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The "I Am" Statements of John When thinking about The Message of the Gospels, there is one that specifically intrigued me more than the others. This Gospel is John. Unlike Matthew, Mark, and Luke, John is not arranged the same with the stories the other Gospels include. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "John is highly literary and symbolic (The Gospel According to John, 2014)." Interestingly enough, symbolism is what captivated me in this book. More specifically, the "I am" statements of Jesus Christ made this Gospel speak to me more than any other of the Gospels. Without a doubt, these statements that Jesus made were for the believers and the church. The "I am" statements are all meant to tell us something different, with the purpose of helping all people to believe in Jesus Christ, so that everyone may have everlasting life with our Father in Heaven.

Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35)." Jesus makes this statement after he fed the five thousand people, and His disciples still needed clarification so they could believe. So they asked Him, "What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat' (John 6:30-31)." It is absolutely unbelievable that the disciples did not think it was Jesus who gave them the bread to eat the previous day. The disciples thought it was manna from Moses, since Moses provided manna in the desert for all of the people in Exodus. After questioning Jesus, Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses...

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...iven me to be a better Christian and to follow His example in all aspects of my life. Also, these statements provide an amazing portrait of who Jesus is. These statements also show the undeniable love, compassion, and care that Jesus has for us. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This sums it all up. Jesus is my bread, my light, my gate, my good shepherd, my resurrection, my way/truth/life, and my vine. Without a doubt, Jesus is the Savior of the world, and I will follow him always.

Works Cited

Niv Life Application Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. Print.

"The Gospel According to John." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. .
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