Jesus: I Am He

When Jesus is speaking with the Samaritan woman, she mentions that when Messiah comes, he will explain everything.  Jesus answered her by revealing that he is the Messiah – quite a statement for a carpenter from Nazareth.  What will you do with his claim?

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
John 4:25-26

Earlier in their dialogue, the Samaritan woman identified Jesus as a prophet.  Then they entered a discussion regarding the essence of worship and the spirit-nature of God.  Samaritans and Jews disagree on aspects of worship, and so when Jesus is done saying that true worshipers will worship in spirit and in truth, the woman says, “we’ll see.”

Her “we’ll see,” is based on her expectant hope that Messiah is coming.  “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  True dat.  And Jesus is Messiah.  That’s what he said.  For the sake of those who make the absurd claim that Jesus never claims to be Messiah in the Bible, check it out.

Jesus clearly claimed to be Christ.  Christ Jesus.  Jesus Christ.  He identified himself as the Messiah…

So what do you do with that?  Nice to know?  I’ll take it under advisement?

Jesus believes this is pretty important information which matters in life and eternity.  When he was having the conversation with Nicodemus, he said,  “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son,” (John 3:18) Jesus claims to be Messiah, and Jesus says that our response to him is directly linked to our judgement.

Incidentally, Romans 8:1 celebrates that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  When we accept Jesus as Messiah, and put our hope in him, we have an entirely different future in eternity and a Saviour who is with us every day of our lives.

What will you do with Jesus’ claim?


Marc Kinna

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