JESUS WAS THE "I AM" BEFORE ABRAHAM EXISTED......
JESUS TOLD THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF HIS DAY "TRULY, TRULY, I SAY UNTO YOU, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM" (JOHN 8:58).
THOSE LEADERS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT JESUS MEAN BY THOSE WORDS. THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN THEIR MINDS. THEY TOOK UP STONES TO CAST AT HIM, TO KILL HIM.....HE WAS SPEAKING BLASPHEMY TO THEM; JESUS HID HIMSELF IN SOME WAY, SO THEY COULD NOT KILL HIM BY STONING TO DEATH.
Let's back up some.
"Then answered the Jews, and said unto Him, say we not aright that you are a Samaritan, ands have a demon. Jesus answered, I have not a demon, but I honour my Father, and you do dishonour me. And I seek not my own glory, there is One that seeks and judges. Truly, truly, I say unto you, if a man keeps my saying he shall never see death" (John 8:48-51).
OBVIOUSLY MANY HAVE KEPT JESUS' SAYING AND TEACHING DOWN THROUGH THE LAST 2,000 YEARS, AND HAVE DIED - THEY ARE STILL DYING TODAY. GREEN IN HIS GREEK/ENGLISH INTERLINEAR TRANSLATES AS FOLLOWS, "....IF ANYONE WORD MY KEEPS, DEATH IN NO WAY WILL HE BEHOLD FOR EVER...."
DEATH WILL NOT CONQUER THAT PERSON FOREVER BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION! AS JESUS LATER SAID IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE; HE THAT BELIEVES IN ME THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE." Keith Hunt
"Then said the Jews into Him, Now we know you have a demon. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say if a man keep my sayings, he shall never taste of death." [THEY JUST DID NOT GET IT, THAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT A DEATH WHERE THERE WOULD BE NO RESURRECTION - Keith Hunt].
"Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead? Who do you make yourself to be?" (verses 52-53).
"Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing; it is the Father that donors me; of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him; but I know Him, and if I should say I known Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you; but I know Him and keep His sayings. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad" (verses 54, 55).
"Then said the Jews unto Him, You are not 50 years old, and have you seen Abraham? (verse 56-57).
"Jesus said unto them, TRULY, TRULY, I SAY UNTO YOU, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS [EXISTED], I WAS THE I AM" (verse 57).
THEN THEY UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT JESUS WAS SAYING - HE EXISTED AS THE "I AM" GOD THAT CAME AND SPOKE TO MOSES AT THE ACCOUNT OF THE BURNING BUSH - EXODUS 3: 10-14.
YES THE I AM GOD, THE SELF-EXISTING ONE - I AM THAT I AM, WHO SPOKE TO MOSES ON HOLY GROUND, AND TOLD HIM TO TAKE OFF HIS SHOES FOR HE STOOD ON HOLY GROUND; THIS GOD I AM, WAS THE ONE WHO BECAME JESUS THE CHRIST.
THIS VERSE ALONE BLOWS TO A MILLION BITS THE STRANGE AND SILLY IDEA [YES HELD BY SOME CHRISTIANS] THAT JESUS DID NOT EXIST UNTIL CONCEIVED IN THE WOMB OF MARY. AND ALSO BLOWS TO SMITHEREENS THE OTHER CRAZY IDEA THAT JESUS WAS JUST A MAN, WITH MORE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAN ANY OTHER MAN EVER HAD.
JESUS WAS GOD, AND WAS WITH GOD. HE WAS THE WORD OF GOD WHO MADE ALL THINGS; HE SPOKE AS THE WORD AND IT WAS DONE. AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US - JOHN 1:1-14.
YES JESUS LIVED BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS EVER BORN. HE NOT ONLY LIVED, BUT SAID HE WAS THE "I AM" THAT WAS THE GOD WHO SPOKE TO MOSES!
AND THE JEWS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS MEANING; THEY TOOK UP STONES TO CAST AT HIM, TO KILL HIM, FOR SPEAKING WHAT THEY CONSIDERED BLASPHEMY.
THIS GOD FROM PAST ETERNITY WAS WILLING TO COME, WILLING TO GIVE UP A POSITION IN THE VERY GODHEAD, WILLING TO COME AS A SERVANT AND MESSENGER. HE CAME TO DO AND SAY THE WILL OF GOD THE FATHER. HE CAME TO DIE FOR THE SINS OF EVERYONE WHO HAS LIVED AND WILL EVER LIVE.
ONLY A GOD BEING COULD PAY FOR THE SINS OF ALL MANKIND. NOT JUST A HUMAN BEING OR ANGEL, COULD DO THAT. IT HAD TO BE A GOD BEING, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS PART OF THE GODHEAD.
WHEN YOU FULLY REALIZE THIS YOU ARE HUMBLED BEYOND.....WELL ANYTHING.
IT IS A FACT OF HISTORY THAT JESUS DID LIVE, YOU CAN PROVE THAT HISTORICALLY! IT IS IN WRITINGS OF HISTORY OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE.
THE GREAT "I AM" GOD CAME TO EARTH AS A FLESH AND BLOOD HUMAN, TO LIVE AND DIE, SO YOU COULD LIVE FOREVER IN THE VERY FAMILY OF GOD.