Who Christ Is: Before Abraham Was, I AM

Contributor: Tim Seevers. Lesson ID: 10098

When someone asks who you are, you might say, "I am a teacher" or whatever. Jesus has been saying "I am the . . . " God just says, "I AM." What exactly does that mean regarding God and Jesus Christ?



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What physical, emotional, spiritual, or other characteristics did you acquire from your parents? Make a list of 7 key characteristics you inherited or were taught. Thank your parents for these characteristics before you begin the lesson!

How have the characteristics mentioned earlier affected the person you've become today?

Why do you think they've made such an impact on your life?

Whether or not we want to acknowledge it, we are a product of our upbringing and parental influence.

In learning about Christ, we must first look at whom he claimed as his Father: God!

  • From what you've learned and already know, how would you describe Jesus?

  • What do you think separates him from other religious figures and leaders?

BOTTOM LINE: True belief in Jesus means we believe he is the Son of God.

Read John 8:48-59 and answer these questions:

  • Of what do the Jews accuse Jesus in verses 48 and 52? Why is this the wrong accusation?

  • What proof does Jesus give in verses 54-55 to argue against their accusation?

  • Who does Jesus say the Jews' father is? What do you think this means?

  • According to Jesus, what was Abraham's reason for joy?

  • Why do the Jews have a hard time believing Jesus's words about Abraham?

  • What claim does Jesus make in verse 58? What does this claim mean?

  • What do the Jews decide to do to Jesus when they hear his claim? What happens to Jesus?

Read Exodus 3:1-14 and answer this question:

What similar name do both God and Jesus claim in the respective Scripture passages?

After answering, check your answers with Who Christ Is: Before Abraham Was, I AM Answers from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

After checking your answers, continue on to the Got It? section to research Jesus's words further.

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