February 18: I AM the Bread of Life. John 6:35-40
When Jesus says, “I AM the bread of life,” it is easy to limit this promise to our practices surrounding the Lord’s Supper. This communal act is central to our Christian identity. But in this passage, Jesus reminds us that the offer of himself is not just for us on a Sunday morning, but also so that we might provide life for others.
Feb 25: I AM the Light of the World John 8:12-20
Jesus first says these words to a man born blind, and to his disciples later in John's Gospel. John is letting us know, “I AM the light of the world” is first spoken for those who question, struggle and condemn it. It is first for those who, even if they don’t know it, need to hear it the most. John wants us to learn how to become a vessel of God's light for those who live in darkness.
March 3: I AM the Door John 10:1-10
Doors make us feel safe, either by making sure no one gets in or by justifying our staying in. They are the border that insures separation from those who we suspect might harm us. This passage affirms that Jesus as the door is most certainly our security.
“I AM the door” asks us to recognize and realize where and how and why we walk out of the fold (or not), leaving comfort and safeguard behind to be God’s love in the world.
March 10: I AM the Good Shepherd John 10:11-18
This image of Jesus is much more than we ever imagined. With a lamb on his shoulders, Jesus comforts us, making us feel secure and safe. We follow Jesus because we know his voice and he calls us by name. This is both a promise for those who know Jesus, and those who have questions about Jesus.But when we keep reading, we find out that Jesus as shepherd is not just a promise for us, but a promise for others.
We should be encouraged by John, to look for those sheep who have been outcast, rejected (John 9:34), giving them belonging when they have never had it or have been denied it.
March 17: I AM the Resurrection and the Life John 11:17-27
The raising of Lazarus makes two very important claims for our future; first, that Jesus will be raised; second, and so will we.
This is good news, of course. It is a certainty of what happens after death that gives us hope and allows us to hope for those, we love whom we lose. John teaches us that death will not be the end. Jesus’ tomb, our tomb, will end up empty. This is what Jesus needed Martha to see, and what he needs us to see. Jesus is the resurrection AND the life.
This means that to make sense of life, it must be done through the lens of resurrection. It means we give witness to rebirth and recreation when all there seems to be is death. Witnessing resurrection on a daily basis is what makes it possible to view the places and spaces where death seems to have taken hold, where empire appears to be the only power, and where suspicion and intolerance look to have won the day. This is where we must give witness to the truth we know.