Before we look at the 7 “I Am”s of Jesus, we first need to recall the prophetic meaning for the number 7. Typically in the Bible, 7 is taken to mean or symbolically represent completion or perfection. For more this see Bible Wheel’s post.
The seven uses of the “I Am” statements or “I Am” metaphors in the Gospel of John are therefore very significant for us.
This is what Jesus tells us as he reveals Himself to us in great detail (emphasis is added to the Bible extracts):
John 6:35 “And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes on Me shall never thirst.”
John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
John 10:7 “Then Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door (gate) of the sheep.”
John 10:11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live.”
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.”
John 15:1 “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.”
In each of these seven metaphors, Jesus reveals to us individual and unique qualities and parts of His person and His character. However, in saying this, we need to recognise that Jesus is not just one of these – He is all of these, at the same time and so much more.
When trouble comes upon us, as it certainly will, we are called to sit down and pray. If we will do this, and pray though these seven aspects of Jesus, in at least one of them, we will find solace. We will then come to the recognition that Jesus is there for us personally. For in Jesus, we have “a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 7:17) who intercedes continually for us before the Father. Praying in alignment with the will of God changes things! Praying against the will of God, is an exercise in futility. The seven aspects of the character of Jesus give us seven paths, or avenues, along which to approach Jesus in prayer. Paths which we know, are undoubtedly in His will and the will of the Father.
Amen and Amen.