Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Who can claim to be first and last? The Beginning and the end? Who can be a King and yet a servant? The light of the world? Who can be the Son of God and the Son of Man?
It is a great deal more than I can wrap my small brain around; but, I realize if you or me made such statements, we would be strapped in a straight jacket and hauled off. Interestingly, the people who heard Him treasured His teachings. The authorities were scared of Him because they knew He had power. Men left their jobs and lives to follow Him. The difference between you and me saying such things and Jesus saying such things, is Jesus Christ could back it up. He spoke with wisdom and authority and He had tremendous confidence. He could heal people; raise people from the dead; He knew things about people that were impossible to know; and the greatest of all miracles, He arose from the dead.
In John 6:33-35 Jesus tells us, “‘For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34 ‘Sir,” they said, ‘always give us this bread.’ 35 Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'”
In this scripture Jesus explains that He is to our souls what Bread and Water are to our bodies. He is the nourishment we need to sustain our spiritual life. We can add to the list of who Jesus said He was, Bread of life and Living Water.
There are three conclusions which can be reached from what Jesus told us about Himself with only one true conclusion. First, some could say Jesus was a con man – but then how many con men are willing to die for their lies? Isn’t it the objective of the con man to “get away with his lies?” Second, He could be classified a “mad man;” but do mad men have a grasp of reality? He had such a capacity to love others and He had tremendous wisdom in dealing with every day life and the people in it. A mad man could not have inspired so many people from all different walks of life. And third, the most believable of conclusions to reach, is Jesus was exactly who He said He was.
John 11:25-26, ” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Today, praise Jesus for who He is. Praise Him that the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords; the Bread of Life; the great I AM, loves you and wants a personal relationship with you. Confirm to Him that you believe in Him. Today, be excited that you belong to Him and rejoice in the power of your Savior.