The fourth Gospel is more threatening than the Synoptics. It insists that Jesus is God and that He cannot be approached through learning. This puts all of our sweat and vinegar beside the mark, and oh how we want to have a ladder to climb by self-effort. But He said it to Nicodemus: ‘Get shaken up. Wait for the Spirit to blow. Be born again.’ The learned man was almost disappointed that it was so simple. The same stumbling is observed nowadays in sanctuary turned lecture hall. It is supposed to be a place of prayer and begging, not a classroom or theatre.
I am the Living Water. (ch. 4 and ch. 7)
I am the Living Bread. (ch. 6)
I am from above. (ch. 8)
Before Abraham was, I am. (ch. 8)
I am the Light of…
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