Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:
In the Spirit of the Lord's Nativity, please remember our prisoner-students.
Let them know we care, as we seek His Voice of Wisdom. (Mat. 25:34-40)
The Nativity of the I AM
The One named Jesus, the One called the Christ,
The Child and the Emmanuel
Academy Study Notes from the Gospel of John 4: 26 where: Jesus said to her, "I who speaks to you, am He." (I AM the One)
1. Time was now deemed appropriate for the Word of the Lord to reveal Himself to Photini - the woman at the well. He literally said to her, "I AM", for the pronoun "He" does not appear in the Greek, nor is it complete. The "He" is inserted to not confuse the reader. Yet more, the term "He" does not capture the fulness of the "I AM". "I AM" helps remind us of when Moses asked the Lord, Who shall I say sent me. The Lord did not simple say "I", but with greater significant, tells the children of Israel, "I AM", The One-Who-Is", sent me, or "I AM the I AM", sent me, or "The-One-Who-Is", sent me." Bottom line: It was the pre-incarnate One – Jesus Christ – the Anointed Son of His eternal Father, Who spoke to Moses.
2. Jesus, being the Christ, is the Word of the Lord. He is the promised One - the Messiah, the One known to the Jews. He became Incarnate through the womb of Mary, and though always the One divine Person, He is given the personal name Jesus. Why? Because He is and remains, as always, the Deliver – the One Who shall deliver as He promised and promises.
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