He likewise called Himself "I am" in talking with the Samaritan woman. In John iv:26 we read, "Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." This does, however, not express the original. This reads as follows: "I AM that speaks to thee." After this mighty word had come from His lips the woman had nothing more to say, but left her waterpot and went her way back to the city. The I AM had spoken to her. In chapters vi:20 and viii:28 we find Him using the same "I am" again. In the former passage "It is I" should read "I am."
Besides these passages in which He speaks of Himself as the self-existing Jehovah, the great "I am," He saith seven times in this Gospel what He is to His own. I am the Bread of life (chapter vi:35.) I am the Light of the world (chapter ix:5). I am the Door (chapter x:7). I am the Good Shepherd (chapter x:11). I am the Resurrection and the Life (chapter xi:25). I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (chapter xvi:6); and I am the true Vine (chapter xv:1). But this does not exhaust at all what He is and will be now and forever to those who belong to Him. In the Old Testament there are seven great names of the "I AM" which are deep and significant. In them we can trace His rich and wonderful Grace. Jehovah. -- Jireh -- The Lord provides. The lamb provided (Genesis xxii). Jehovah Rophecah -- I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus xv). Jehovah -- Nissi -- The Lord is my banner, He giveth the Victory (Exod. xvii). Jehovah shalom, the Lord is Peace. He is our Peace (Judges vi). Jehovah Roi -- The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm xxiii). Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord is our righteousness (Jeremiah xxiii). Jehovah shammah, the Lord is there (Ezek. xlviii).
But this does not exhaust what He is. I AM -- what? Anything and everything what we need in time and eternity.
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Happy indeed are we, beloved reader, if we know Him, who died for us as the I AM, if we learn more and more to trust Him as the all sufficient One and know that the I AM will supply all our need. In these days in which the person of Christ is so much belittled, attacked; He as the Holy One, the great Jehovah rejected, not by the outside world alone, but by those who call themselves after His own blessed name, let us have for an answer to all these attacks of the enemy a closer walk with Him, a more intimate fellowship with the I AM; a better acquaintance with our Jehovah-Jesus, our gracious Lord. Oh what a union is ours, One with Him the I AM, what a happy, glorious lot. Hallelujah.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come (Rev. ii:8). I am the bright and morning star (Rev. xxii: 16). What, oh what will He be for His own in all eternity!