The Great “I Am”
At the secondary Christmas concert, the students sang a song called “Mary, Did You Know?” It’s a song addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, asking if she really understood that she was to bear the very Son of God. Some of the lyrics read:
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.
And finally, it asks if Mary understood that “that sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.”
The Almighty God referred to Himself as I AM. He simply said, “IAM WHO I AM.” It is hard to put into words just how important this name is. It means that God exists – that He was, and is, and is to come. It also indicates that God was not created. He is the inexhaustible source of energy who does not grow tired or weary. God is energy and power. His power comes from Himself, from who He is. His name also tells us that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is absolutely faithful. He is an absolute God.
Perhaps the greatest implication of God being I AM is that this infinite, absolute God has drawn near to us by sending Jesus Christ to this earth to dwell among us. Jesus referred to himself as I AM because He was not only true man, but also true God.
At this Christmas time, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I want to remind us all of the Good News that the angels declared so long ago, “Do not be afraid. I bring you GOOD NEWS that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
By believing in Jesus as our Savior we are forgiven of our sins and released from the bondage of sin and guilt. We are given eternal hope because we are heirs with Christ Jesus who has declared us forgiven. Is this not the BEST NEWS that anyone could share with us?
As this is the last Eagle before we celebrate Christmas, I want to wish you all a most blessed time with your families. But most of all I pray that you will truly understand what Christmas is all about. Just as Mary, the mother of Jesus, pondered these deep truths in her heart, may we take time to appreciate that God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save us. Jesus left Heaven willingly, to humble Himself as a human baby so that He could take our place as payment for our sin. Truly, this is GOOD NEWS! Truly, Jesus is the great I AM!
I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Director
(Some thoughts from 1984 article by John Piper called “I Am Who I Am.”)