The world needs to hear this testimony of Jesus. Many argue that Jesus was not God in the flesh, nor was He the very Son of God. But Jesus said, “I AM.” He is the great I AM. When we need a Savior, Jesus says, “I AM!” When we need a healer, Jesus says, “I AM!” When we need a friend that sticks closer than a brother, Jesus says, “I AM!” When we need an Advocate with the Father, Jesus says, “I AM!” When we need the Good Shepherd, when we need the door and gate, when we need the way, the truth, and the life, when we need the bread of life, Jesus says, “I AM!”
Once people realized how special Jesus was, everywhere Jesus went the people crowded around Him. Eventually some of the religious elites began to worry that Jesus might challenge their positions or their authority, so they also began to show up in order to critique and criticize Jesus. They were constantly watching with a critical eye and listening for something with which to accuse Jesus of, such as, fraud or blasphemy. Sadly, in process of their criticism, they likely deprived themselves of the ministry that could have been for them. People who come to church only to pick apart the sermon and criticize the preacher are rarely blessed.