Like Hansel and Gretel, Jesus drops bread crumbs along the path to knowing him. He offers us symbols, images, pictures, and clues to remind us that he is more than skin and bones. Though he is human, he is not like your next-door neighbor or cranky landlord. He is far different—better—than they. Jesus uses seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John to share the intricate folds of his personality and identity. They help us understand not only who he is but also what he wants to be for us.
James Merritt, 52 Weeks with Jesus: Fall in Love with the One Who Changed Everything (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2015).