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Why Jesus’ Claim That “Before Abraham Was, I Am” Is So Important

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In John 8:59 we read that the religious leaders “picked up stones to throw at [Jesus]”. That was the way religious leaders were supposed to respond to blasphemy. This stone throwing was in response to what Jesus said in John 8:58: “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’” What did Jesus mean by saying this? And why is this verse so important? […] If Jesus truly is the self-existent then it means that Jesus is the authority who stands outside of time. He is the source of life. He is the source of joy. He is the source of hope. He, and He alone, is the source of salvation. If He alone is self-existent, then all of us dependent creatures must either separate ourselves from the vine — to our peril — or we must attach ourselves to His life. In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28)… (READ MORE)

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