What a beautiful day to think upon this 7th I AM made by Jesus. Easter Sunday as we reflect upon the resurrection of this man named Jesus. And we are reminded of this fact: No matter how hard we try to be or think we are, we are NOT the source of our life.
Now, some may say that we can argue that we are the Captain of our own soul, for it is our choice to believe whatever it is we hold onto to give ourselves worth, hope, strength and courage to be all we can be, to just do it, or whatever other cliché works for you. But the bottom line is, you and I are but dust and ultimately have absolute control over absolutely nothing. You can argue this point until you are blue in the face and you will not change the fact that your body is withering with age and shall continue to deteriorate until one day, this physical body shall cease to function. Medical advancements and religious beliefs galore will not stop physical death from advancing on each of us. We are NOT our own source of life. Just like branches do not support themselves, they must abide in the vine for life to flow through them. Our source of life comes from a source outside of ourselves. And it is not some unknown source. He is knowable and been revealed to all through Jesus Christ.
In this last post on the 7 I AM’s of Jesus we find He and the 12 disciples sharing some quality time together for the Passover Supper. Their last one together in this realm.
Jesus knowing that He shall soon be returning to His place with the Father, gives His followers this picture and reminder to guide and encourage them to continue in what they have learned though He will be absent from them physically. They shall do so by understanding where there source of life comes from. He uses everyday things they are familiar with as another object lesson in which he makes this last declaration we are examining, John 15:1 & 5: “I am the true vine…I am the vine; you are the branches.
Again, remember, Jesus is just a short time away from being crucified and laid in a tomb. He understands the impact this will have on His followers and He wants to prepare them as best as possible. However, we know there is nothing that can prepare you for the worst day of your life that you do not see coming. But Jesus knows what they do not yet comprehend. But they shall. On the other side of His death, burial and resurrection, His words shall come back to them as their source of life, their lifeline for continuing on as His witnesses to all the world.
He is the I AM and the same power that will raise Him from the grave shall raise them as well.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,”[ we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you…
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus came, suffered, bled, died and was resurrected that we may have ETERNAL LIFE in the presence of our Creator God and Father. Only Jesus, the I AM makes this possible.
Until next time may this Easter Sunday be a time of honest, personal reflection of what the future holds. A glorious reminder. HE ROSE, a Victor!