“Before Abraham was, I am”
-Jesus, John 8:58
When learning a different language, the student is always confronted with the “to be” verb. In German: sein. In Greek: eimi. In Chinese: shì. In English it takes many forms: am, are, is, was, will be, etc. It captures the essence of existence, of being.
This is the most provocative, incredible proclaimation of Christ’s divinity I have ever read. Hearkening back to the very name of God, Jesus claims something which only God can claim. He claims existence, pure and eternal. He claims to be God.
The pharasee’s picked up rocks to stone him. I would have too.