Jesus—The Great I AM

Moses said to God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what should I say to them?” So God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He also said, “You will say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” God also told Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’ Exodus 3:13-15 (EHV) 

What are some names for God? Jesus, Christ, Immanuel, Savior, Rabbi, and Almighty are just a few of them. Do you know what those names mean? God's names aren't like many of our names, which our parents chose simply because they liked them. No, each and every one of God's names mean something.

The most common name for God is LORD. It is found over 6800 times in the Old Testament. Different translations translate this word differently. Some take the sounds of the Hebrew consonants and go with Yahweh (it is called the Tetragrammaton (the four-letter word), because it has four consonants, unlike other Hebrew words which have a base of three consonants). We are used to seeing this Word as translated as LORD—in all caps to differentiate another word translated as “lord,” which means “master.” One reason why we translated this word as LORD is because that is how many other languages translate this word, including the Greek New Testament. Strictly speaking this word is a linking verb, a form of “to be.” This word can also be “he is.”

In our passage above, Moses wanted to know what he should say to the Israelites when he went to them to lead them out of Egypt—who should I say sent me? God replied tell them “I AM sent me you.” I AM, that is the name that God gives to himself. When we refer to God and call him LORD, we say that “he is” When God refers to himself he says, I AM. So what does Jesus mean then, when he calls himself I am? I AM means that he always is—he always was and always will be—he is eternal. It means that he is immutable, that is he is changeless. He does not change his mind, his ways, or who he is. I AM means that he is absolutely independent—he doesn’t answer to anyone, he isn’t beholden to anybody, and he isn’t influenced by us sinful human beings. I AM means that he is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever. It means that he is always faithful, dependable, loving, and full of grace.

In John 8:58 Jesus says, Before Abraham was born, I AM. By saying this, Jesus is saying that he is the LORD, the God of Abraham, and that even though Abraham lived on earth thousands of years before Jesus, Jesus was his God, he was the one who created Abraham just as he was his descendant who died for him. He was the one who called Moses out of the burning bush. The Great I AM, is the eternal God who was born as one of us, the Almighty creator who suffered and died for our sins and rose from the dead for our justification.

What is your favorite name for God? They are all great because they all teach us who he is and what he has done to save us. I AM is the name by which God wished to be known and worshiped in Israel—the name that expressed his character as the dependable and faithful God—the name used by Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.

— Pastor Frey


Church News

Adult Bible Class:

Everyone is invited to join us for our new Bible Classes that have started. Pastor Frey is leading the Sunday morning class on Prayer. Pastor Gartner is leading the Monday morning class at 8:00am and Tuesday night at 5:30pm on the book ofEphesians. May the Lord lead all of us to grow in our faith through the use of these Bible class opportunities.

Survey 

We are looking for your input on the annual church picnic. A survey is available online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2QFXXV. There are also paper surveys on the counter in the back of church if you choose to complete the survey this way; complete and place the paper copy in the tray on the back counter that is marked Surveys (the tray is next to the Sermon Text trays). Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andy Raschka at 920-560-2193. Thank you in advance for your help!

Fellowship opportunities

The Young Moms’ group is offering opportunities for fellowship for all of our members.

Game Night Please join us for a fun-filled game night on Sunday, October 14 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the church basement. This event is open to every member, young and old! We will have bingo, catch phrase, telestrations, twister, and more! If you have a game that you would like to share, please bring it. We will not be having a meal but will have snacks and you can bring a snack to share if you would like. A sign-up sheet is in the entry way of church. Any questions, please contact Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193. Hope to see you there!

Walking We have a few members that walk during confirmation class on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. with the exception of October 3. We walk in the church parking lot or the mall depending on weather conditions. If you are looking for some fellowship and exercise, please join us. No sign up is necessary. If you have any questions, contact Amy Helmrick at 920-833-7525 or Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193.

Ladies Lunch & Bible Study 

All ladies of the congregation are welcome to a light lunch, Bible study, LWMS updates and fellowship on Tuesday, October 9 at noon in the lower level of church. Moms are welcome to bring children. Please sign the sheet in the entryway if you plan to attend.

Note: At this meeting we will discuss a few possible changes to this group: time and length of meetings, purpose and focus of this group, and the structure of future meetings. This is a very important meeting, we hope many of our Ladies are able to attend. If you have any comments or questions before the meeting, contact Kathy Schabo at 920-427-2768.