When Jesus makes the claim, “I AM,” he puts himself on equal footing with God the Father as Creator and Sustainer of all things. This is what got him into so much trouble with the religious leaders and teachers of the law in his day. It’s a statement of self proclamation that requires no justification from the rest of us. Jesus just was, is, and always will be. Him saying this also forces us to wrestle with who we say that Jesus is. Either his is or he isn’t the Son of God. How we answer that also determines who we are as God’s children. Either we are or we are not!