Ex 3:13-16 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ NKJV
I AM – OT:1961 – hayah (haw-yaw); a primitive root (verb) meaning to exist, be in existence, to abide, remain, continue, to stand, to accompany, be with.
The meaning of names matters. Then, in Exodus, and now. Beaming parents often chose their child’s name based on meaning, and can normally tell you the story. Most names are nouns; that is, a word used to identify a class of people, place, or thing. But this Name is a verb, people! Our God has to do with action; with expressed love, with manifest power, and with a wisdom that sets up sacrifice rather than let others suffer for their own wrongful deeds, if they will accept that loving, powerful, sacrifice.
But that is just the Old Testament, right?! No. This pure, clean, unadulterated power expressed itself on earth in a timeless act of Manifest Presence. Plus, we don’t have to wonder if the prophecies of His Coming matched the undiluted power of the Old Testament. We don’t need to question if The Name was unaltered; if it still contained the magnificent, pulsating, earth shaking, chain breaking potency that displayed Itself in the burning bush in front of Moses.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” NKJV
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” NKJV
John 10:9-10 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. NKJV
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. NKJV
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. NKJV
We don’t have to wonder if Jesus Christ had the virtue required to carry out His task. Non-Jewish people and people who did not know Jesus found him to be without guilt. His virtue in the face of opposition was why some leaders who did know Jesus wanted him killed. He stole their lime light!
Luke 23:13-16 Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. (NLT)
Folks, Pilate had crucified too many people to count. One more would not have been an issue for him. He was used to lies and intrigue. Instead of seeing that deception in Christ, Pilate saw it in Christ’s accusers! So, Who was Jesus?
John 14:6-7 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (NLT)
John 14:9 Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! (NLT)
Holy, Holy, Holy are You – Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God; our Savior; I AM.
April 10, 2021