Day Three Hundred Nine, John 8-10
In a large portion of today's reading, Jesus seems to rail against the Jews for their lack of faith in Him. He tells them that by belief in Him, they will be set free. They maintain that, as children of Abraham, they "have never been slaves to anyone."
Jesus tells the people that if they were truly Abraham's children, the would believe in Him, because God has sent Him. Rather, He accuses them of doing what their own father does. He then proceeds to explain to them that their father, the devil, is a liar and the father of lies. Lies are Satan's native language, and he was a murderer from the beginning. The Jews, who want to kill Jesus, are follwing in the footsteps of their real father, Jesus implies.
As Jesus claims to be from God, and He claims that anyone who keeps His word will never see death, the Jews become really offended. They know that even their father Abraham tasted death. "Are you greater than our father Abraham...who do you think you are?" they ask!
"I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was, I am."
Again this reminds me of that great scene I referenced a couple of weeks ago from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." As Aslan talks with the witch about the deep magic of Narnia and reminds her that he "was there when it was written", so Jesus tells these people who are opposing Him that He is, indeed, the "I AM."