Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

The Great I Am

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!” John 8:58

Jesus never had an identity crisis. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Note Jesus didn’t say, “I am one way to God.” He didn’t say, “I am a life.” Jesus said, “I am the way, I am the life.” AndGod says, “He is my dear Son.”

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Not “I was,” but “I am.” He is the great I AM. He never had a beginning. He has always existed. He didn’t have His beginning at Bethlehem.

“For by Him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him; And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17

The One who created the universe not only has this whole world in His hands, but He has the past, the present, and the future in His hands.

Week 54 – Part II: Living He Loved Me

One of my favorite songs – an old hymn that’s been redone (found here) – debuted a little under three years ago. I remember ripping the packaging open on Casting Crowns’ newest album – Until the Whole World Hears, putting the disc in and, when it got to track number six, my heart hit the floor in awe and surrender. I couldn’t help hitting the repeat button. Just check out the lyrics, originally written by J. Wilbur Chapman in 1908:

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living He loved me
Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sin far away
Rising He justified
Freely forever
One day He’s coming – O Glorious Day!

Being that Easter is less than a week away, I’m opting to focus on the life, death, resurrection and…get this…His triumphant return. What better time to set our hearts on Him? Why not now? Why not always?

May the words inspire you to live your life to the fullest that Christ has offered.

Living He loved me…

Philippians 2:1-11 from the ESV Bible reads:  “… but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

In the three short years of His earthly ministry, He poured out His heart and wisdom for us to have a model to follow.

He lived. And by doing so, He loved you; He loved me; He loved all of us.

Now He lives; loving us the same – yesterday, today, and forever.