The Divine declaration to Moses of the self existing and ever existing God as the I AM transcends human history as the authoritative Word of God. The Apostle John, in presenting the Deity of Christ began his gospel with these words … “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:1-5 NIV).
The apostle then proceeds to unequivocally state … “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).
It is imperative to note the exactness of John’s choice of words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. John emphatically said that … “the Word became flesh.” This, is the ever-living God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the self existing One, the same I AM who called Moses to deliver the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt. God would step into human history in the flesh to accomplish His plan to redeem mankind from the slavery of sin. That was the promise given to Adam and Eve in the Garden, reiterated to the patriarchs, preached by the prophets, and sung by psalmists. God would become flesh, the Creator of all things, the Christ!
Such condescension – Deity becoming man --was unknown among the false religions of the world. It was foreign to the thinking of the natural man who, in his tireless efforts, sought to appease his gods, ever striving to reach upward, yet never knowing if those efforts accomplished obtaining so-called divine favor. Praise God for His marvelous grace of redemption in that the Christ … “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8 NIV)!
Jesus Christ Himself attested to his Deity when Judas brought a detachment of soldiers and temple guards to arrest Him. “Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?" "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground” (John 18:2-6 NIV).
That divine proclamation – I AM-- once again rang before the ears of the Jewish guards. They knew the Scriptures and fell to the ground. What a grace opportunity to come face to face with the God-Man, the I AM, the only One who could deliver them from the bondage of a religious system that had become so corrupt that it had exchanged faith in the I AM for a system of religious activity and ritual that glorified man rather than God’s indescribable gift of a Savior. Perhaps some soldiers believed at that moment, but no doubt others chose to remain in unbelief. The opportunity to believe in Christ or not is presented to every individual. The only approach to God is through faith in the I AM … “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8 NIV).