Easter 2017 “I Am”

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RESURECTION LIFE – “I AM” VS “I AM NOT”

Sermon Notes:

WHO ARE YOU?

GOOD QUESTION – ISSUE – WHO?

MOSES – AT THE BURNING BUSH – LORD CALLED – MOSES ASKS VERY GOOD QUESTION – WHO AM I?

JEW?  PRINCE OF EGYPT? MURDERER, FUGITIVE? SHEPHERD?

 

GOD LEADS HIM TO MORE IMPORTANT QUESTION – WHO ARE YOU, GOD?  NAME = IDENTITY

THE FATHER’S ‘I AM’

Exodus 3:13-15 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’  THIS IS MY NAME: I AM!

GREATEST IDENTITY STATEMENT IN UNIVERSE – MY NAME IS I AM!   SELF-EXISTENT ONE, THE SOURCE OF ALL BEING IN THE UNIVERSE – THE ONE EVERY OTHER BEING UNIVERSE NAMED FROM

FAST FORWARD 1600 YEARS – JESUS ASKED – WHO ARE YOU?    JESUS ANSWER?  ‘I AM’

3X – 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 in Me shall never thirst. REPEATS 2 MORE TIMES:   51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;

2X – John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. COSMOS He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

2X – John 10:7 I am the door of the sheep.  9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved

2X John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, 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 except through Me.

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 10:36 ‘I am the Son of God’   – John 14:10 I am in the Father, and the Father in Me –  the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

 

WHAT GOT HIM MOST TROUBLE THIS ONE:

John 8:56-59 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”  7 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him;

 

JESUS – VERY VERY CLEAR ON WHO HIS IDENTITY – HE KNEW WHO HE WAS –

VERY INTERESTING TIME – AT HIS ARREST:

John 18:4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am.” Now when He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

18:8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 

HOWEVER SAME NIGHT – – PETER’S DENIAL OF JESUS:  I AM NOT!

John 18:17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”

 

John 18:25 As Simon Peter warmed himself, they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!”

WE ALL – LOT I AM NOTS IN LIFE?  NOT GOOD ENOUGH, NOT SMART ENOUGH, NOT TALENTED ENOUGH, NEVER MEASURE UP MY STANDARD, ANY STANDARD – HOW MANY LIKE PETER FACED WITH REAL QUESTION WHO ARE – KNEE-JERK ANSWE ALSO – I AM NOT

BUT WHEN PETER He denied it and said, “I am not!”   DENYING JESUS OR DENYING HIMSELF?

 

JESUS SAID – Matthew 26:43 “In solemn truth I tell you,” replied Jesus, “that this very night, before the cock crows, you will three times disown me.”   DENY = “ignore, disown, or repudiate”

 

THE QUESTION ASKED – ‘HIS DISCIPLE” = BELONGING TO HIM – WHOSE I AM – BELONGING!

IDENTITY QUESTION = OF HIS – DENY THAT – I AM NOT = DENYING HIM – WHOSE YOU ARE

 

WHAT HAPPENS?  LOSE OUR IDENTITY, LOSE TRUE SELF – OUR VERY LIFE FLOWS FROM HIM

 

Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’    HEBREWS – he sustains all things

 

OUR IDENTITY, OUR LIFE, OUR PURPOSE, OUR HOPE, OUR FUTURE, THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE IS ALL WRAPPED UP IN HIM – DENY HIM, DENY OUR VERY EXISTENCE, ALL I AM LEFT WITH IS THIS MORTAL FLESH, THIESE FEW REMAINING BREATHS, THIS PUNY LUMP CLAY

FALLEN, FLAWED, SCARED, ANXIOUS, GROWING MOUNTAIN MISTAKES & REGRETS,

 

HOW IMPORTANT?

John 13:1-5 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel.

 

JESUS KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT THIS CONNECTION, THIS KNOWING OUR TRUE IDENTITY IS –

EVERYTHING WE DO FLOWS FROM WHO WE ARE!

LIVE AS FATHER’S SONS – OR LIVE AS IF WE HAVE TO EARN WAY INTO HIS HOUSE?

LIVE AS IF HE WANTS NOTHING DO WITH US, ABONDONED ON OWN?  VERY DIFFERENT LIFE!

 

SO JESUS RESTORES PETER TO HIS TRUE IDENTITY

JOHN 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

 

RESTORES – LIFE, CALLING, PURPOSE – SUPERNATURAL IDENTITY!

RESURRECTION LIFE = RESTORATION TO TRUE IDENTITY!

 

THIS HIS PROMISE TO US:

John 14:3  I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

MORE THAT GOEGRAPHICALLY WHERE HE IS – OUR TRUE IDENTITY – IN HIM!

 

JESUS LAST WORDS PRAYER – FOR US – EXACTLY THIS:

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

 

IT’S ABOUT WHO WE ARE

THIS IS WHAT CROSS AND RESURRECTION LIFE ALL ABOUT!

 

POWERFUL STATEMENTS IDENTITY!  NOW TRUE BECAUSE HIM

 

I AM ACCEPTED…  I am God’s child.  I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.

RESURRECTION LIFE IS 1ST ABOUT WHO YOU ARE – WHOSE YOU ARE!

Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

THIS IS NOW YOUR REAL NAME – CHILD OF GOD – YOUR FAMILY NAME – THAT’S WHO I AM!

 

THEREFOR:  Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

 

I AM SECURE…  I am free from any condemnation and I cannot be separated from the love of God.

1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

 

THEN – OUT OF THAT IDENTITY – IT IS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO

I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.

John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

 

I BESEECH YOU THEREFOR BRETHREN – DO NOT DENY WHO YOU ARE

– IN CHRIST YOU HAVE LIFE!

– IN HIM YOU ARE FILLED WITH HIS RUACH, HIS BREATH OF LIFE – AT CORE BEING THIS IS WHO YOU ARE – YOU ARE HIS AND HE IS YOURS!

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