Jesus knows who He is: Bread of Life, Light of the World, Good Shepherd, Resurrection and the Life. And, me? I am one who follows Jesus.
I follow the Bread of Life
He takes me by the hand, and suddenly we are on a lakeside with thousands of people.
The story is thousands of hungry people and a few barley loaves
The word from Jesus, “I am the bread of life”
He looks me in the eye and says it again, “Do you understand, I am the bread of life.”
Hits me in the core of my being, “If he is the bread, I am satisfied”
I follow the Light of the World
It is a market place. Bargaining and bickering surround us.
Below our feet is a blind man, blind from birth… and theological bargaining and bickering.
Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.”
Before the day is through, the sightless man proclaims, “Once I was blind, but now I can see.”
It hits the core of my being, “If he is the light of the world, I am radiant.”
I follow the Good Shepherd
The hills roll out as far as the eye can see. Jesus lifts his voice to call, and here they come – sheep.
Into the pen – ring of stones piled high, thorns scrub on top. Sheep come through the opening where Jesus stands.
Jesus says, “I am the door for the sheep.”
Then he motions for me to enter – he whispers my name.
It hits me, “If he is the door, I am accepted.”
Once in he places his hands on my shoulders and says, “Do you understand, I am the good shepherd.”
My heart knows, “I am safe.”
I follow the Resurrection and the Life
The scene is changed. This is a grave-site. Sisters are weeping. Jesus is weeping.
The question, “do you believe your brother will live?” “Yes, Lord, at the resurrection on the last day.”
The pronouncement, “I am the resurrection.”
Jesus gives the word and people move the stone. He calls the name, twice. A wrapped body lumbers out of the tomb
It burns into the core of my life, “If he is the resurrection, I am alive liberated.”
Ask me “Who are you?” I look to Jesus and replay, “You tell them who I am. Lord.”
The most important thing you need to know about me is that I follow Him.
Copyright © Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.