Moses was summoned by God with this news
To Pharaoh his mission to free the Hebrews
trembling feet on holy ground
Tongue tied and frightened he uttered this sound
What name shall I say sent me forth on this task
Those stiff necks in Egypt will be bound to ask
I AM WHO I AM came the voice from the Bush
A name since revered and spoken in Hush
Yahweh, “He Brings into Existence Whatever Exists”,
Translated from Hebrew to our tongue consists.
The Son when he walked upon earth used this term
Read the gospel of John for the I Am’s and Learn
In Chapter 6 after they all had been fed
He mentioned full stomachs, not his kind of bread
Follow me put aside worldly strife
And he told them, “ I AM, the bread of Life.”
Whoever hungers for the things of today
Will find that these pleasures all lead to decay
Only through him can hunger be sated
So follow him now let your heart be persuaded.
“The Light of the world I AM” said he
When faced by accusing Pharisee
His life is the light for all mankind
Though persecuted and maligned
The blackness of sin tries to outwit
But the darkness has not overcome it.
The Jews tried to trick him in chapter eight
Their hearts filled with envy, malice and hate
His father was not Abraham
Before Abraham was, he said “I AM”
In chapter 10 as words unfold
He tells of his wonderful safety fold
“I AM, the gate” for those who choose.
The fear of death and hell will lose
“I AM, the good shepherd” and my sheep follow me
He expounded to the Pharisees
I know my sheep and they know me
True believers find peace in my sanctuary
Disciples may find this life somewhat testing
But the prize is joy, peace and love everlasting
When news of a dear friends illness came known
He hastened to be with him in that town
Too late came the wails of Martha and Mary
Could have become Lazarus obituary
“I AM the resurrection and the life” he did cry
He that believes in me will live, though he may die
He that lives by believing in me
True death for him he shall not see
Take time to read this in chapter eleven
of the one who’ll lead his own to heaven.
He knew he soon must die on the cross
And he taught his disciples that all was not lost
I go to prepare a place for you
That where I am there’s a place for you too.
“I AM the way the truth and the life”
Your job is to tell every man and his wife
Don’t be downhearted said in chapter fourteen
For my spirit I’ll give you for all to be seen
I must return to the father who sent me
But I promise that Orphans you will never be.
His last analogy said at that time
Was the statement “I AM the true vine”.
His followers? well, they are the branches
Stay joined to him through all circumstances
His father the gardener may prune us to suit
But only to strengthen the harvest of fruit
Stay connected to Jesus throughout time on earth
Win souls for his body with all that you’re worth
His own he will nurture with love when he gleans
Read all about this in chapter fifteen
And so as we know Jesus died on the cross
For the sins of mankind had put us at loss
His death was atonement for all of our sin
No greater love can be found than in him
Hallelujah! he’s risen upon the third day
He’s not in that dark cold tomb where in lay.
And the good news we know from John chapter three
Is salvation is ready for you and for me
What must we do? Well he said straight and plain
Believe in him, follow and be Born Again!
For he was the one Prophets of Old
Of his birth, life and death these things were foretold
Immanuel, God with us he was named
In Isaiah by virgin birth that he proclaimed
Bethlehem would this miracle see
A Nazarene born to shed light round Galilee
What name shall we call him when that day is nigh
When he gathers his own flock high up in the sky
I know when I see him, I’ll fall down at his feet
Saviour, Redeemer, my Master I’ll weep.
Comment by Suzanne Newman:
Absolutely LOVE David’s poem! I have a love of the “I AM” statements anyway, but this poem was just fabulous. Last 2 lines were powerful in particular. I have often written about weeping for joy at meeting Jesus. ???