Who is Jesus in Your Life Today? ~ blog
How would you answer that question? The easy answer is that He is my Savior and Lord. Ok, you get a sticker for that but let’s unpack that a little. If you have received Him as your Savior so that all your sins are paid for by His sacrifice of His life that is the starting point of an eternal relationship with Him.
This Lord thing is where it gets a little tricky. Make no mistake about it…He is the Lord and He is the Lord or all. John tells us in his gospel these words;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
John carefully spells out exactly who Jesus was. You probably have never noticed this before for in these 4 very short verses every word is a one-syllable words except for 5 words. He is communicating the most incredible truths in words like a first-grade reader. Like;
Go Dog Go and The Cat in the Hat
John is the Dr. Seuss of Scripture making huge theological concepts into one-syllable words in short sentences. Not only is he telling us that The Word is God sharing full divinity with God, but He was also With God in the beginning. So, they were the same, and yet they were also different.
Then we learn that everything that has been made was made by Him and there is nothing that has been made that was not made by Him. Everything would include every single thing that was created in the beginning all the way back to Genesis 1. And because everything that has been made was made by Him…then He is the owner. He created it. He sustains it and He owns it. That is what the idea that He is Lord means.
However, John in writing this book wants to tell us more that these two things about Jesus. And throughout his gospel, he wants to tell us other things about who Jesus said He was. Not John under the guidance of the Spirit telling us who Jesus was…but actually things John heard coming from the lips of Jesus where He is telling us who He is beyond being God and Creator. Those are two BIG things. But these other words are meant to be what we experience from our relationship with Him.
In the gospel of John, Jesus makes 7 direct and clear statements about who He is and who He wants to be in our lives. They are called the 7 “I AM…” statements. I thought it would be good to learn these 7 statements Jesus made and why they are important to us and our struggle with sexual sin. They reveal more to us about who Jesus was and still is and can be in our lives if we will let Him.
See, knowing Jesus as Savior is all about what that means to me in order to be forgiven, born again, and an adopted one into God’s family. It’s a one and done thing. You trust Christ as your Savior and you are born again by the Spirit of God and eternally made a member of His family. You were sealed by the Spirit in that moment and the Spirit is God’s guarantee of your inheritance in heaven.
But these 7 “I AM” statements are like descriptions from the lips of Jesus about how He wants to relate to us. For too many believers Jesus has become a gift that we have received, and then we put Him on the shelf with all our other trophies. We can say; “Yes, I am a Christian. You might even know the date that happened.
However, who is Jesus in your life today. Is He just your;
“Savior on Your Shelf” or have you made Him “Lord over Your Life.”
So, this week we are going to be learning about who Jesus said He is and how does that filter down into our experiencing a Christ-like life. Here they are in order of Jesus revealing them to His followers;
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
“I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9)
“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5)
I fear that one of the reasons so many Christians are addicted to porn and sexual sin is that they are not experiencing who Jesus said He is and how He wants to be our Lord of everything in our lives.
We have whittled down the Christian life into an hour and a half in church on Sunday (pre-covid pandemic). When we should be living every day with Jesus experiencing Him is the day to day things in life … like Him being our daily bread.