Jesus said to them,"Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
- John 8:58
What Jesus said here would have resonated with the Jews he was talking to. They understood that Jesus was proclaiming to be God by saying he was "I AM." This statement sounds weird to us, but every Jew would have immediately thought about the story of Moses and God appearing to him in the burning bush.
Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
- Exodus 3:13-14
This is the only other time when the name "I AM" is used. This is because it is the name of God, one that God declares for himself. So when Jesus says he is "I AM," he is declaring to be God. Yet when Jesus says this, the Jews immediately start to throw stones at him. These same Jews thought themselves to be the offspring of Abraham, following the same God. However, they did not recognize God when He was standing right in front of them! Jesus was speaking truth, yet they did not recognize it as such, or Jesus as God. Jesus, being the Son coming from the Father, knows him and does the work of him. While the Jews may have been the offspring of Abraham, they did not have the same God has him, or they would have recognized and followed Jesus.
It is easy to distance oneself from this story, to think that we wouldn't be like the Jews, throwing stones at Jesus. We like to think that we would keep his word, to follow him. However, we are most likely going to be like those who are throwing the stones. To truly be offspring of Abraham, following the same God, we firstly must recognize Jesus as such. Then we must respond by keeping his word, being obedient to the "I AM", by putting our faith in him. Faith that he is who he says he is, and that he has the words of life, able to redeem you from your sin. If you feel that God is calling you to respond in faith, join one of the many groups at the District Church, where you will be surrounded by other people who will help and encourage you to faithfully follow Jesus.