Life is full of questions. We are bombarded with them everywhere we go. The most common questions we hear are “who are you?”, “where do you go to school?”, “do you have kids?”, and “what do you do for a living?” We’re asked about our hopes, our dreams, and our future! All of these questions help us to learn, grow, and figure out what we want in life. Yet, God’s constantly reminding me that there are greater questions that can change everything in our lives.
In John 18, Jesus asked an important question. Armed soldiers, led by Judas, came to arrest Jesus. He went out to meet them and asked, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
The person standing before them is Jesus of Nazareth, of course. But He has another name too. “I am He,” He said, identifying himself with the God who spoke to Moses from the burning bush (“I AM WHO I AM”—Exodus 3:14). And in the disarming presence of God, the soldiers drew back and fell to the ground. Again, Jesus asked them, “Who is it you want?” Now they had a choice. Did they want Jesus of Nazareth, whom they can arrest, beat, and kill? Or did they want “I AM,” before whom they cannot stand but must recognize as Lord?
Who is it we want? Do we want someone we can study and admire for a while, then push aside and go on with our lives? Or do we want “I AM,” the one true God, who has power over all things and yet loves us so fiercely that He came to die for us to give us new life? Will we bow and worship Him? Will we serve as He calls us to? If yes, then let us be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have found in the great “I Am”.
• Are there things in your life that you need God’s power to overcome?