Before Abraham Was, I Am

John 8:31-59

Before Abraham was, Jesus was. Yet, that’s not the phrase Jesus uses. Jesus says: ‘before Abraham was, I AM’ to signify that He is Yahweh in human flesh. To show that his existence is in the continual present tense: Jesus is saying ‘I AM in the past, I AM in the present, and I AM in the future’.

Jesus reminds us that he is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. The irony is that this statement made the religious priests attempt to stone him, but when Jesus fled he met a blind man who recognised him as the Son of God. In Jesus, we see the real God that reminds us we are slaves to sin but we don’t need to be. That he has come, as has been promised, to invite us to be adopted as sons and daughters of God.

We are not slaves in the house of a master, striving to be needed lest we be kicked out; we are adopted children of a good Father, who know we belong to the house of God. We receive all the rights and responsibilities that come with being a child of God.


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18 Nov 2018

Andrew Judd

Andrew Judd is a volunteer at City on a Hill and an ordained Anglican minister. He is married to Stephanie Judd, who is also an Anglican minister and a minister at City on a Hill. When he's not looking after their two small children he works as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College.

18 Nov 2018

Pete Steven

Pete is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Whittington. He has a heart to serve, and to see people connect in to this big, wonderful family we call the church. He is married to his best friend Rachelle and together they have 7 children and one son-in-law. He loves bike riding, surfing, and spending time with the family. He is currently studying a Masters of Divinity, which he hopes to finish sometime this decade!

18 Nov 2018

Nick Coombs

Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.

11 Nov 2018

Sam Low

Sam joined the team in 2018 as one of our inaugural church planting residents in our Planters Academy. Sam is now the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Gold Coast which launched publicly in 2020. Sam has a passion to see people discover the life, joy, and hope that is only found in Jesus. He loves to preach the bible to whoever will listen and is energised by seeing leaders developed and released to use their gifts and passions for God’s glory. Sam is married to Sally and they have three sons Bailey, Hudson and Zion. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and a member of Acts 29.