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“What is Truth?” Part IV

Or, “I AM”

tm44IMG_3930When Moses asked God’s name at the burning bush, he received an answer that wasn’t exactly an answer, more a riddle.

Simply “I AM” or “I AM the Existing One.”

For centuries Israel encountered I AM and learned I AM is also “the One Who Causes to Exist.”

Then came Jesus.

In John’s Gospel Jesus dares to claim the Name “I AM.”

First, Jesus made absolute statements like:
“When you lift up the Son of Humanity (= crucify me), then you will realize I am” (8:28).
“Before Abraham was, I am” (8:58).

These statements were blasphemous.

But Jesus didn’t stop here. He reiterated the Name with clarifying metaphor.

“I am
the bread of life (6:35, 51, 48)
the light of the world (8:12)
the gate into the fold (10:7, 9)
the good shepherd (10:11, 14)
the resurrection and the life (11:25)
the way, the truth, and the life (14:)
the true vine.” (15:1, 5)

These metaphors all flow from the same place: a life emerging immediately from the I AM.

Equally remarkable, Jesus urged his followers to find their lives in this very same relationship: “Father, as you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they (his followers) may be in us” (17:21).

So here’s the thing, and I invite us, please, to reason together, Jesus seemed to have wanted to prepare the way and provide the example for humanity to awaken to
our divine origin
and from there our divine destiny
and from there our divine present.

That is, to live into Jesus’ Truth, “All who live and believe into me shall not die forever,” (Jn. 11:26) is to discover one’s life, one’s very existence, originating and emerging immediately and directly from I AM. And to experience one’s existence as pure Joy, which is, I suggest, a way of describing the sum total of Jesus’ “I am” metaphors.

And isn’t it “the perfect casts” (see “Truth” Part II) (and the great rides) of life that help us grasp what this really is? In the moment, every moment, the possibility of Life
fully awake,
fully alive,
fully present,
fully aware –
all in
Life. Joy.

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tmIMG_4544Doesn’t something within us say “Yes!” Don’t we know this is the Truth?

Remember to engage. (= tell God your response and listen for God’s response to you). [If you are new to our blog, a description of our method of “engaging,” which is a method for readying and praying with the Bible, other literature, and life itself, can be found here.].

Grace and Peace,

Jim

More to come of Ordinary Life Extraordinarily Lived …

About jclark

The Rev. Jim Clark is the Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Comments

  1. Elizabeth Garas says:

    (The words/phrases upon which I meditated were “I AM” and “DIVINE”.)

    Yes, Fr. Jim, when we ask “What is Truth (Reality)”, and we leave God out of the equation, we have no answer. If we ignore Almighty God (the “I AM, THE EXISTING ONE… Who transcends time and space) we end up as lost as the misguided Pilate of Scripture as he stood bewildered in front of Jesus Christ. Indeed, a strong argument for the deity of Christ is the fact that many of the names, titles and attributes ascribed to YHWH (“I AM”) are also ascribed to Jesus Christ.

    What I hear you saying here is that the whole ministry of Jesus Christ (life, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension…as well as the provision of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost) was/is to prepare the way and provide the example for humanity to awaken to our divine origin and our divine destiny. Once this is spiritually discerned through the work of the Holy Spirit, accepted and internalized, we begin to see, appreciate, “live into” and embrace the divine present.

    “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32

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