The Great I AM
An old idiom describes great surprise: You could have knocked me over with a feather. The Bible records instances when hearing the name of God, I AM, had that effect on people, and they fell on their faces at the sound of His name: Abraham (Genesis 17:3); Balaam (Numbers 22:31); Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:28; 43:2-3; 44:4); Daniel (Daniel 10:9); John (Revelation 1:17).
At Gethsemane, when Jesus identified Himself, saying “I am”— the name of God which all present recognized – the soldiers fell to the ground.
Jesus demonstrated by His actions that He was the Son of God. He stated plainly, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). He also used figures of speech, word pictures, to help His hearers understand who He is:
the Christ, the Son of the living God. John recorded some of these in the books of John and Revelation.
How to use this devotional guide
• Each day of Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, meditate on Jesus’ words about who HE IS. Reflect on the words from fellow church members as together we seek to know and follow the great I AM.
• You will also find hymns and worship songs linked throughout the week. Use these in your personal or family times of worship. (CGH – Celebrating Grace Hymnal)
• Finally, read and memorize additional verses that teach us who God – and His Son Jesus – is. We pray that these will enhance your celebration of the risen Christ this Easter.
The Greek word translates to “I AM”, English translators added the “he”: “I am he.”