Jesus Before the Sanhedrin by Jerome Nadal

The Events at Early Morning in the Full Assembly, and the Senior Council, engraving by Jerome Nadal (1507-1580).
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Matthew 22: 66-70

“I Am,” He Says

Edited by Henry H. Mitchell, 2009–2015.


Below is a partial list of Scriptures which relate to Jesus' identifying himself as the divine person “I Am”who had spoken to Moses from the burning bush and instructed that he be known by that name from generation to generation:

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,.’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?.’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 13-15

Further related information is found in the articles:
Who Is Jesus? — Details Written Long Before
Who Is Jesus? — Descriptive Names” and
Who Is Jesus? — First Sermons and Teachings.”



Jesus Identifies Himself as “I Am

Jesus said: Speaking to:
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” John 4: 25-26 The woman at the well in Samaria.
“But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” John 8: 16-18 Pharisees at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8: 23-29 Pharisees at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!John 8: 57-58 Pharisees at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God's Son’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. John 10: 36-39 Pharisees at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” John 14: 10-11 Philip and the other eleven disciples.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17: 24 Prayer to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Luke 22: 66-70 [NIV] (Compare Luke 22: 70 [NASB].) Elders at the trial on the day of crucifixion.
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1: 17-18 (compare verse 8) The apostle John.
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 21: 6 The apostle John.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ” Revelation 22: 13 The apostle John.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22: 16 The apostle John.

More “I Am” Statements by Jesus


Jesus said: Speaking to:
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8: 12 The people at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” John 13: 13 The people at the Temple in Jerusalem.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14: 6 Thomas and the other eleven disciples.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.…I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15: 1-5 The twelve disciples.
I am the the bread of life.…“I am the the bread of that came down from heaven.…“I am the the bread of life.…“I am the the living bread that came down from heaven.” John 6: 35-51 Jewish leaders, at Capernaum.
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” Matthew 8: 2-3 A man with leprosy.
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” and their sight was restored. Matthew 9: 27-30 Two blind men in Galilee.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11: 29 A crowd in Galilee.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I [or ‘I am’]. Don't be afraid.” Matthew 14: 27 The disciples on their boat in the Sea of Galilee, as Jesus walked on the water.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They 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: 7-10 Pharisees.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “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 10: 11-15 Pharisees.
Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”…Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” John 7: 33-34, John 8: 21 Pharisees at the Temple in Jerusalem.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14: 18-20 Philip and the other eleven disciples.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18: 20 The twelve disciples.
I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.…I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.…I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.…They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.…I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” John 17: 9, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21 Prayer to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he.” John 18: 4-8 Jesus to the arresting officers in the Garden of Gethsemane.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18: 37 Pontius Pilate.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 20 The eleven disciples.
As he [Saul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Acts 9: 3-5 Saul of Tarsus (later known as the apostle Paul), on the Damascus Road.
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Then I asked, “Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” the Lord replied. Acts 26: 14-15 The apostle Paul is reporting his Damascus Road experience to King Agrippa.
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am — it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” — though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10: 5-10, quoting Psalm 40: 6-8 All.
“So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. ” Revelation 3: 16 The church in Laodicea.