John Barnett

Jesus who is the Eternal Unchanging God of the Universe opens His arms to us opening an intimate and personal relationship directly with us.

"I AM the Vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." [John 15:5]

Jesus gives the seventh and final declaration of His Divine relationship to us. In God's Word a seven-part truth is a completed set. Jesus says that I AM all you need, needed, and will ever need. And in John 15 explains - how to get and keep everything He has promised us.

  • He started in John 6:35 revealing Himself by saying: "I AM the Bread" we need to never perish; then in John 8:12 by declaring: "I AM the Light" we need to live.
  • In John 10 He opens to us the truth that He is related to us in two more ways: "I AM the Door" we need to enter God's Presence; as well as "I AM the Good Shepherd" we need - who loves, leads, gives Himself to care for us.
  • At the grave of His friend Lazarus in John 11:25-27 Jesus tells us that "I AM the Resurrection Life" - all that we need to live here and there in serenity and security. As the hymn writers say: "no guilt in life, no fear in death Jesus has set my destiny"!
  • In the Upper Room Jesus comforts His troubled disciples in John 14:6 with the three-fold cord that can't be broken as He promises "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life." The way for today, the truth for tomorrow, and the life for evermore.

Taken from "Abiding Sanctified" by Discover the Book Ministries (used by permission).