- I AM the Bread of Life
- I AM the Light of the World
- I AM the Door of the Sheep
- I AM the Good Shepherd
- I AM the Resurrection and the Life
- I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life
- I AM the True Vine
All of these statements are descriptive of the divine nature of Jesus. The series of "I AM" statements culminates in John 18:5-6, when Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus asks the guards, "Whom they are looking for,?" to which they respond, " Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus says, "I AM," and all those who were standing before him fell to the ground. In the Old Testament, when the presence of God was manifested, those who were standing fell to the ground. John is clearly identifing Jesus as God.
Jesus as the Vine
The image of the grapevine is used to describe the people of Israel. The true people of God are now those who belong to Jesus, those who abide in his presence and obey his commandments. The image of the vine powerfully describes the nature of the Christian life. Just as a branch must remain connected the vine, which is the source of its life and nourishment, so must we as Christians remain connected to the presence of Jesus, who is the source of our life.