The Gospel Of John, The God And Savior Of The Children Of Israel
The gospel of John emphasizes the phrase “I Am” to effectively illustrate, that Jesus identified Himself with God. In fact, the Jews understood the phrase “I Am” to signify a reference to “Jehovah of the Old Testament,” the Lord God and savior of the children of Israel. However, this knowledge leads to their persecution of Jesus and other problematic proceedings resulting in His upcoming betrayal. Knowledge of these future events concerned Jesus and distressed the disciples. Consequently, John uses the below passage, one of the most philosophical in the gospel of John, to display Jesus proclaiming His deity by employing the phrase “I Am” and to explain the atmosphere surrounding the crucifixion.
“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”
Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father; that will be enough for us.”
Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you…