“I Am,” You Can Be

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When Moses encountered God in the wilderness, he asked, “Who shall I say sent me?”  God spoke from the burning bush and replied, “I AM, tell the I AM has sent you.”  This marvelous name of God is so powerful, “I am that I am, I am that I was, I am that I will be.”  It is the embodiment of God’s eternal nature, and so much more.

It is important therefore that in John chapter 4, Jesus proclaims the first of His “I AM” statements.

Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Jesus in this passage makes two important claims.  The first is that He is the source of “living water,” a water that once consumed can become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  This parallels with John 7: 37 to 39, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.”  Revelation 21 picks up on this with a clear statement : “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”

Jesus is the source of living water, and that water is His Spirit.

John 4 then moves on to the woman speaks of the anticipation of the coming of Messiah, Jesus with no attempt to be allegorical states, “I am he.”

Jesus is not only the source of living water (the Spirit of God), but Messiah, the Anointed One, who will bring salvation.

Dianne when reflecting on this passage made a really insightful observation. “It is significant that Jesus chose to share the first of His”I am” statements with a woman who was full of shame, and a Samaritan as well.  It is as if He searched for the worst example of a person with which to share this gift.  There is no depth to which we can sink, no sin so bad, that He cannot forgive us, meeting us at our point of crisis, and accept us as we are.”

All who drink of the water of Messiah, shall be lifted and that water will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  

We may not be much.  We may be the vilest of sinners.  We may be outcast or ashamed.  But we can through the “Living Water,” of the Great I AM “inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”  He is.  We can become.





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