Doors and Bread and …

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Did you know that there are seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John? In addition, Christ says before Abraham was I am which is not a picture like the others but a statement of His identity.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:38

Why not teach these I am statements to your kids and talk about what each of them illustrates about the Lord? They are all easy to understand.

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. 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)

I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

I AM THE DOOR. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, (John 11:25)

I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

I AM THE TRUE VINE I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1)


My suggestion would be to have them draw pictures of each of the illustrations – bread, a light, door, etc. For the “resurrection” they could draw the tomb. For the ‘”way,” they could draw a path.

Or, as a family, you could memorize the “I am” verses.


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