Abraham, your father, was glad that he would see My day; then he saw it and was overjoyed.”
“Why, you’re not yet fifty years old,” the Judeans replied, “and you have seen Abraham?” Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! Before Abraham was, I AM!” At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Yeshua was hidden and left the Temple grounds.
The ancient Greek phrase for I AM is ego emi, which is the same term used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament in Jesus’ day to describe the Voice from the burning bush (Exodus 3).
In using the phrase I AM (John 8:24, 8:58, 13:19) Jesus used a clear divine title belonging to Yahweh alone (Exodus 3:13-14, Deuteronomy 32:39, Isaiah 43:10) and was interpreted as such by Jesus’ listeners (John 8:58-59).
The phrase harbours within itself the most authentic, the most audacious, and the most profound affirmation by Jesus of who He was.
The best proof of what Jesus meant by claiming to be the I AM is found by seeing the response of His listeners: They picked up stones to throw at Him. They wanted to stone Him for blasphemy, for claiming to be God.
The Jewish religious leaders, as blind as they were, they were quick to realize Jesus had just claimed to be God and wanted to kill Him for it. Even the blind Jewish leaders knew Jesus was claiming to be God, and yet there’s so many people that refuse to see Jesus is God and refuse to believe on the Holy Trinity. It just blows my mind.
Both Yeshua and YHWH are the great I AM, the one who was revealed to Moses. That wasn’t even the only time Jesus claimed to be God. Only in this chapter alone Jesus used ego emi (I AM) 3 times. There’s plenty of times in the Gospels we hear the Jesus is God, John 1 being the biggest one especially if you read the original text, yet so many people refuse to acknowledge it.
If the Pharisees and Sadducees and all these Jewish religious leaders realized that Jesus is claiming to be God, how much more blind are you if you don’t see that? People choose to blindly follow their ignorant and blasphemous beliefs rather than to pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and pick up the Bible for themselves and read it and have the Holy Spirit show them the truth.
The fact that Jesus mentioned Abraham in John 8 made me remember Genesis 22 which tell us “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb.’” Abraham was absolutely right, because some 2,000 years later God Himself provided a lamb of sacrifice for Himself. Jesus is the lamb of God. Jesus is God Himself who died for the sins of this world.
“I AM,” said Jesus, “and all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
This verse is often overlooked if you are looking at a way to prove the Holy Trinity, but pay attention to its meanings and how it ties up the Old Testament. This is during His trial and when He is asked if He is the Messiah or not.
The Lord claims to be the great I AM from Exodus. He claims to be the Son of Man found in Daniel. He claims to be seated at the right hand of Power which is found in Psalm 110. And by the way, the expression the right hand of the Power is a circumlocution for referring to God. Such indirect references to God were common in 1st century Judaism out of reverence for the divine name. Once you understand its context we realize that Jesus is claiming without a shadow of doubt to be God during His trial.
What was the reaction of the high priest at the time for Jesus’ declarations here? The 2 following verses tell us exactly what happened: “Then the high priest tore his robes and said, 'Why do we still need witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What is your decision?' And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.”
Once again, as in John 8, the people were so mad because He was claiming to be God that they wanted to kill Him. But unlike John 8 which wasn’t His time to die yet, now it was, and He did die and THANK GOD He died so that, “If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” as Romans 10:9 tells us.
I have glorified You on the earth
by completing the work You gave Me to do.
Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence
with that glory I had with You
before the world existed.
This is another great showing of Jesus’ claim to be God. This prayer could not come from Jesus if He were not Yahweh Himself, equal with the Father. In Isaiah 42:8 and Isaiah 48:11, Yahweh proclaims that He does not shares His glory with absolutely ANYONE. And if Jesus shared the glory with the Father even before the world existed, a glory Yahweh said He does not share with anyone, that means they are One in the same. Simply put, if the Father and Son share their glory, they must both be Yahweh.
ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν.
If you were to translate the original text word by word the text would read, “i and the father one are” which would sound weird in English hence why it was translated as “The Father and I are one.” The phrase ἕν ἐσμεν (en esmen) is a significant assertion with trinitarian implications. ἕν is neuter, not masculine, so the assertion is not that Jesus and the Father are one person, but one “thing.” Identity of the two persons is not what is asserted, but essential unity (unity of essence).
This is an important statement regarding the deity of Jesus and the nature of the godhead. I and My Father refutes the “Jesus Only” doctrine. Are one refutes the teaching that Jesus isn’t God.
Opponents of the deity of Jesus say that the oneness Jesus had with the Father was only a unity of purpose and mission - even as a husband and wife or father and son may have a unity of purpose of mission, and still they are not the same person. This, however, misses the point. First, the Bible teaches that the Father and the Son are the same Person - they are one God, but distinct in Person. Second, it misses the most obvious point: that even true unity of purpose and mission between a husband and wife or father and son exist only because they are each equally and totally human. You can’t really speak of even a unity of purpose and mission between a human and a dog; isn’t the distance between God and man even greater? Even if the unity described by Jesus was merely a unity of purpose and mission (and it is more than that), even that would only be possible if the Father and Son were equally and totally God.
There’s so many other passages (John 1 being the most known) which show the Lord is God, but I wanted to talk about the ones that aren’t as popular as John 1 to show Him being One with the Father.
Once we come to the conclusion that Jesus is God, what are we to think about the Holy Spirit? Well, Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit:
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever
John 14:16 is one of the verses in the Bible that shows the underlying theme of the Trinity. God the Son prays to God the Father that He might send God the Holy Spirit to us.
The Helper in this verse translates the ancient Greek word “parakletos.” This means “a person summoned to one’s aid,” and may refer to an advisor, a legal defender, a mediator, or an intercessor.
The word “another” is the ancient Greek word “allen,” meaning “another of the same kind” not another of a different kind. Just as Jesus shows the nature of God the Father, so the Holy Spirit - being “another of the same kind” - will show the nature of Jesus.
Essentially, the Holy Spirit is sent to empower and help the believer live the Christian life. The greater work described in John 14:12-14 is impossible without the empowering described in John 14:15-18.
With so much evidence pointing to Jesus being God it’s hard to believe there’s so many people out there who believe Jesus is the Archangel Michael, or that Jesus is the brother of the devil, or that Jesus is just a prophet, or so many other blasphemous beliefs in regards to our Lord.
Jesus made Himself clear over and over again: He is God. You either believe Him to be God or you believe Him to be a madman, there is no middle ground.