Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the Daily Challenges. Yesterday we read the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. God is setting the stage for something called the Exodus, when God planned that Moses would lead the Israelites out of Egypt and toward the promised land.
God was also setting the stage for a new kind of Exodus when Jesus would come and set us all free from slavery to sin, and lead us to his kingdom, a new promised land.
Jesus wasn’t just any leader like Moses. There are some parallels, yes. Jesus was also born into a world where first born sons were going to be destroyed by powerful but selfish rulers, and lived as a refugee.
Yet, he was the true and better Moses. He knew God fully, intimately, by name, and saw God face to face. He led all of us, perfectly, in all the ways Moses fell short.
There is a big reason for this, and it’s hinted at in how Jesus says “I am” a lot.
Just In the gospel of John we find I am coming up:
John 6:35 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 10:7 (ESV) So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:11 (ESV) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 11:25 (ESV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 15:1 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
John 8:58 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Question: What might Jesus be hinting at?