Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35
One of those wonderfully unique characteristics of John’s Gospel are the seven “I am” statements. Today we get one of those, and it transports us back to Mount Sinai to holy ground as we stand before the burning bush with Moses.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘ I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
By Jesus declaring “I am,” he is making a definitive statement that “he was, he is, and he always will be.” But there is more; Jesus is referring to himself with God’s holy name known as the Tetragrammaton
So what is Jesus actually saying to his followers? “Believe in me for I will satiate your hunger and quench your thirst as I always have and always will.” He is telling them that he is YaHWeH!
In three weeks, we celebrate the incarnation of God, for YaHWeH became flesh and dwelt among us!