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We are in the Gospel of John again today. We began this year considering the 7 miracles of Jesus as told by John. Now, we are considering the 7 “I Am” statements of John. In fact, today we have come to the last of these. Seven times, John records Jesus proclaiming Himself with the introductory formula “I am.” “I am the bread of life.” We said that just as bread sustains our lives physically, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the One who sustains us spiritually and eternally. “I am the light of the world.” This statement gives us a radical claim (I am the light of the world) which calls us to a radical discipleship (anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness) which guarantees for us a radical promise (but will have the light of life). Then, there were the statements, “I am the door” and “I am the Good Shepherd” that point to Jesus being the only way to salvation. “I am the resurrection and the life.” This statement points to the promise of eternal life. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Again, Jesus is the one and only way to eternal life. The last is recorded here in John 15.
A sermon by Stephen McAlpin on Colossians 3:1-4, entitled, "Finding True Life." It was preached on January 13, 2013 at the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Boston, in the English service for youth.