This week I want us to look at a set of names for Jesus that are highlighted in the Gospel of John. But to understand those names, and before we go to the gospel of John, I want us to go back to the book of Exodus where we see God first revealing His covenant name.
So if you’ve got your Bible with you, I encourage you to turn to Exodus chapter 3. I know as you listen to Revive Our Hearts, sometimes you’re in a place where you can stop and take notes and open your Bible, and sometimes you’re not. But if you can, let me just encourage you to be following along in your Bible because that’s how you’ll get the most out of these sessions.
Exodus chapter 3, and I’m beginning in verse 10. God says to Moses: “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” God said, “I will be with you.” (vv. 10–12).
So Moses says, “Who am I?”
And God says, “It doesn’t so much matter who you are. What matters is who I am. I will be with you.” Well, then Moses asks the obvious question, “Well, who are you?” Verse 13: Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, [really, really important verse here] “I AM WHO I AM.” [Moses asked, “What is your name?” And here is his response, “I AM WHO I AM.”] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations” (vv. 13–15).
Now, there’s some things that we know about God because of this name, the I AM, the existing one. First of all we realize that:
He is self-existent.