Today’s Author: Steve Sveom
Throughout the gospel of John, we encounter Jesus as “I am.” He teaches: I am the good Shepherd; I am living water; I am the Bread of Life; I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; I am the light of the world; I am the resurrection. And we even encounter him simply as “I am.” This brings to mind the name of God that God revealed to Moses… “I am.” Jesus, the “I am”, is the very presence of God in the world.
In the story this week of Peter’s denial he is asked: “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” To which Peter answers “I am not.” His words are interesting as a contrast to the identity of Jesus. Jesus is “I am.” Jesus gives himself on behalf of others. Jesus is the presence of God to us. Jesus stands fast in his calling. But Peter answers “I am not.” He is certainly not God. He is not the one who saves. He is not the Word made flesh.
Still, the full story of Peter is the story of Jesus’ love for him. Jesus the Savior of the world. Jesus: I am.
We, like Peter, are not. But like Peter, we are loved by the one who is.
Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Gracious I am, we give you thanks that we are not and we don’t have to be. But we ask that we may be drawn more and more deeply into your presence so that our lives may reflect you and your grace. Amen.
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