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Day 12: I Am

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

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John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 10:7–10

Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

John 10:14

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

John 11:25–26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 14:6–7

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 15:1–5

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

MEDITATE

“I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” Dwell on the phrase, “our Lord.” It is critical that though we say “our Lord,” we also mean “my Lord.” Meditate through this litany. In each line speak aloud as though reading Jesus’ part, “I am the bread of life.” Then respond saying, “You are my Lord.”

Jesus: I am the bread of life

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the Light of the World.

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the gate for the sheep.

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the Good Shepherd.

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the resurrection and the life.

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the way and the truth and the life.

   Me: You are my Lord.

Jesus: I am the True Vine.

   Me: You are my Lord.

REFLECT

What was in the beginning? “The Word,” he says. . . . Why the Word? So that we might know that he proceeded from the mind. Why the Word? Because he was begotten without passion. Why the Word? Because he is image of the Father who begets him, showing forth the Father fully, in no way separated from him, and subsisting perfectly in himself, just as our word entirely befits our thought.

—From Eulogies and Sermons
Basil the Great

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .