The most important words ever spoken are, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am" (John 8:58, NKJV). After forgiving the woman accused by the scribes and Pharisees of adultery, the Jews continue to test Jesus, so they might have something of which they can accuse Him. Jesus answers all their questions clearly (John 8:12-58). Pride, ego, and paranoia hardened the hearts of the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. They were too spiritually dull to receive Jesus' answers and explanations. However, not all was lost as we read, "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free'" (John 8:31-32, NKJV).
Indeed, the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees wanted to do away with Jesus. He was a considerable threat to the comforts to which they had become accustomed. It stands to reason many Jews would fall in line with them, having become accustomed to following in a familiar traditional form of blind faith. However, history shows Jesus has always had followers, Believers, who could hear His words. Many more wanted to but needed further explanation, and some needed more proof. Sadly, far too many wouldn't accept the answers or the evidence just as it is today. Why do I say the most important words ever spoken are, most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am? Consider the following:
John's original gospel was written in Koine Greek; the Koine Greek term Ego eimi means I am, or it is I.
Jesus uses the words I Am and not I was. Had He used the words I was, there was a time that He didn't exist. However, by using the words I Am, He indicates that He always existed.
When God spoke to Moses, He chose to identify Himself as ─ I am Who I Am.
Jesus is undoubtedly identifying Himself as God.
The Apostle John begins his gospel writing, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God, All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:1-4, NKJV). In this context, "the Word" (Gk. logos) means God, the Son. The ESV explains and the Word was with God as indicating an interpersonal relationship "with" God, but then and the Word was God affirms that this Word was also the same God who created the universe in the beginning.
The most important words ever spoken are, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am." Christ Jesus is who He claims to be.