Title: The 7 ‘I Am’s’
Materials: Acrylic paint on board
Dimensions: 90 cm x 120 cm
Done in Collaboration with YMI
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE
Earthly pleasures. Worldly success. A gaping hole.
Like a deer panting for water, our souls thirst beyond control.
Jesus says “I am the bread of life”.
One solution to end all problems. Eternal satisfaction.
Isn’t it time we take some action?
Bible Reference: John 6:35-40
35 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. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Accustomed to the shadows. Blinded from the light.
We grope in the darkness, but all we see is night.
Jesus says, “I am the light of the world”.
One light to end all darkness. He calls on us to follow.
Isn’t it time we stop going solo?
Bible Reference: John 8:12
12 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.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I knowwhere I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.
I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP
Misguided and ignorant, knowledge can make us be.
We revel in our brilliance and think we hold the key.
Jesus says “I am the door of the sheep.”
One door to life. There’s no other way.
Isn’t it time we listen and obey?
Bible Reference: John 10:7-10
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
I AM THE SHEPHERD
Like sheep we are gullible; many times we go astray.
When the wolf comes, we are thrown into disarray.
Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.”
One life He lays down. He protects us with His all
Isn’t it time we respond to His call?
Bible Reference: John 10:11-18
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
We labour and strive, unaware that we’re dying.
If we knew our efforts are futile, we’d probably feel like crying.
Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life”
One way to eternal life. To him we must cleave.
Isn’t it time we start to believe?
Bible Reference: John 11:17-27
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE
Morality. Obedience. Diligence.
We’ve tried so many ways, but nothing makes a difference.
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”.
One way to the Father. So simple yet profound.
Isn’t it time we should come around?
Bible Reference: John 14:1-14
1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
I AM THE TRUE VINE
We put on good works and give our very best.
But these lead to naught if it’s not in Christ we rest.
Jesus says, “I am the true vine”.
One way to bear much fruit. Else we’ll wither and be burned.
Isn’t it time we start getting concerned?
Bible Reference: John 15:1-7
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes,that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine;you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
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