It is often possible to learn much about a person from the names and title given to them. Deeds, character, and position in life are summed up by those around you and what you might “be called.” Thus we know something when we simply hear of: William, THE CONQUEROR; Ivan, THE TERRIBLE; Simon, THE ZEALOT; or John, THE BAPTIST.
The same can be said of Jesus, for throughout the New Testament men and women gave him many titles which affirmed and confessed their faith in him and summarized what they believed him to be.
Jesus was called the Messiah, the Lamb, the Alpha and Omega, the Firstborn of Creation, among others. In a sermon series for six weeks this summer I will be examining titles that Jesus gave himself: “I Am”; “Light of the World”; “the Door”; “Resurrection and Life”; Bread of Life”; and the true “Vine”.
I invite you to read ahead to explore the context for these titles in scripture:
- July 8 – John 8.48-59: “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
- July 15 – John 8.12-16: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
- July 22 – John 10.7-11: “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.”
- July 29 – John 11.17-27: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.
- August 5 – John 6.32-40: “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.”
- August 12 – John 15.5-9: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
P.S. This message from Pastor Scott also appears in The Covenanter, Volume XXXVII, Issue 13