Who is Jesus? Can I trust Him? Should I become His disciple? The very name, Jesus, is controversial. His ministry brought innovative disruption to the stagnant religious world. Peter, one of His early followers, described Jesus as a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (1 Peter 2:7-8). The religious leaders would have seconded that analysis. They invested their time scheming to rid the world of Jesus and His influence. Jesus upset their regimented world with His teaching that the way to God comes through a relationship not a list of rules.
Jesus never sidestepped hard questions, and His character stands up to scrutiny. Is becoming a disciple of Jesus the right choice? John, the last of the original disciples, documented a great deal of what he saw and heard as he traveled with Jesus. John captured seven separate occasions where Jesus used the words “I am” to describe Himself. Find out who Jesus is, and then make an informed decision.
I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
The world vends cotton candy and junk food without limit. These may trigger temporary enjoyment, but the emptiness returns as the sugar buzz fizzles. A diet limited to these choices destroys health. Jesus stands in contrast as the bread of life. Solid food. The healthiest choice. Fulfilling and nourishing. He’s the One we need if we are to enjoy life in the present with hope for a bright future.
I am the light of the world. (John 8:12)
Men stumble in moral darkness. Man’s interpretation obscures the line between right and wrong. Confusion reigns, and self becomes the only god to worship. No disciple of Jesus need grope in that darkness because He lights our way. He illuminates our minds with truth and directs our steps.
I am the door. (John 10:9)
Jesus offers us a safe place where we’re known by our names. He gathers His sheep into the fold then guards the entrance. How secure are we in Christ? Jesus explained that no one can snatch us from His hand. He added that no one can snatch us from the Father’s hand, either.
I am the good shepherd. (John 10:11)
The Bible often compares people to sheep. Sheep wander into danger. Sheep leave the path and become tangled in briers. Sheep are incapable of discerning between good food and bad. Sheep need a shepherd. Psalm 23, likely the best-known of the Psalms, explains the role Jesus fills as the good shepherd. His comprehensive care package for His sheep demonstrates His complete love.
I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)
What happens when a person dies? Can we know the answer now, while we’re still alive? Jesus is the answer. Through His death, burial, and resurrection we have hope. We have the promise of eternal life with Him.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
Today’s religious landscape is crowded with options. Can they all be correct given their varied teachings? We’re told there are many paths to God, and we can pick one that suits us. Jesus refuted that idea. He identified Himself as the one path to God and the sole source of salvation.
I am the vine. (John 15:5)
Jesus grafts us into His family and assigns us the job of making more disciples. We can’t do the work in our own strength. We need power, and Jesus is the Source. Our lives are fruitful only as we remain connected to Him.
Jesus is a leader worth following. His offer of discipleship remains open and extends to all who will accept Him. We’re here to help you connect to Him.