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Jesus’s “I am” challenges people to decide

Morning: Psalm 118; Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21

You cannot secularise John’s Gospel.  Its readers must make up their minds about God, and about who Jesus is.  “I am” on the lips of Jesus is code for: ‘What I say is from God’.  “Before Abraham was I am” identifies Jesus as the creative Word of God mentioned in the opening verses of John.  Jesus’s hearers want to stone him for this blasphemy, making himself equal with God; they call him possessed and motivated by evil.  Against such odds, John still tells Jesus’s story, convinced that Jesus is neither evil nor possessed, but God in human flesh.

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  1. I'm reminded of C. S. Lewis' comment that "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell".

    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/6979-i-am-trying-here-to-prevent-anyone-saying-the-really

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