“Do you remember,” said the teacher, “at the very beginning, when I told you that when you speak of your existence you must speak the Name of God?”
“I Am,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “But there’s another side to it. We’ve all fallen.
So when we speak of our existence, we speak of a fallen existence. But how can the Name of God be linked to that which is fallen, sinful, defiled, broken, and marred? If you say, ‘I am sinful,’ you’re telling the truth, but you’re joining the sacred name I Am to sin. And if you say ‘I am unholy,’ you’re joining I Am to unholiness…and defilement. You’re bearing witness against God. It could be called blasphemy…the I Am of God and the I am of man now infinitely separated from each other.”
“Then what’s the answer?”
“When Messiah died for our sins, it was I Am. It was I Am joining Himself, rejoining Himself, to our I am…to our fallen, sinful, and unholy I am. It was I Am joining Himself to our sins…I Am becoming sin; I Am joining Himself to all that is not I Am…that by so doing all separations would be ended. So when you find yourself saying ‘I am condemned,’ then look at the cross, and what will you see there? You will see I Am condemned. When you find yourself saying, ‘I am guilty,’ look at the cross and you will see I Am guilty. When you’re hurting, you will see I Am hurting. When you’re broken and crushed, you will see I Am broken and crushed. And when you’re rejected, you will see on the cross I Am rejected. And when you find yourself at your end, you will see I Am at the end…I Am finished.
“What happened there on the cross is a mystery…the Holy One joining His I Am to your I am, that nothing – no sin, no shame, no darkness, not even death – could ever separate you from Him again…that even in those things He will be there with you…He who is I Am has joined His I Am to your I am, that your I am would be joined to His I Am.
“And this is the other side of this mystery: After His death comes the resurrection. And it is in the resurrection that we find our new I am. For what is it that we find there? We find I Am alive…I Am victorious…and we find I Am risen!”
Message: Let your fallen I am be finished in His death, and let His risen and victorious I Am become the I am of your life!
Jonathan Cahn is President of Hope of the World ministries, Senior Pastor and Messianic Rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/ Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also the author of the best selling book ‘The Harbinger’. More from Jonathan Cahn at bethisraelworshipcenter.org