Read John 8:12-59.
Devotion by: Alexander Childs
Disputes and Discourses
To truly understand this passage, we need to understand the importance of the phrase “I AM.” Jesus is referencing what God said about Himself in Exodus 3:14, I AM meaning Yahweh, God’s name. Here, Jesus is calling Himself that same name. The Jewish leaders erupt in a violent outbreak at what they considered to be blasphemy.
When God told Moses to go, Moses turned back to God in fear and said, “Who are you?” God’s response was “I AM.”
I need hope, and He answers: I AM.
Who could possibly be smart enough to figure all this out? I AM.
What works? I AM.
What lasts? I AM.
What’s the latest thing? I AM.
What’s the hippest thing? I AM.
I need a fresh start. I AM.
I need a bigger story. I AM.
My vision is bigger than my resources. I AM.
Nothing is real anymore. I AM.
Who can I trust? I AM.
I’m not sure who’s on my team? I AM.
Nobody’s listening to me. I AM.
I don’t have a prayer. I AM.
My marriage is sinking, and I don’t know where to turn. I AM.
I’ve always hoped for a marriage in the future, but I don’t know what’s gonna come. I AM.
I can’t hold on. I AM.
I’m pouring into others. Who’s pouring into me? I AM.
If we fail, who will get the job done? I AM.
I’m not sure why I’m here. I AM.
I’ve given all I can give, and it’s not enough. I AM.
I’m tired. I AM.
I quit. AM.
I can’t. I AM.
I need a drink. I AM.
I need a fix. I AM.
I need a lover. I AM.
I just need somebody to hold me. I AM.
I AM the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Excerpt from a sermon by Louie Giglio