Good Shepherd Gives Abundant Life


Today Jesus makes the statement that the thief comes to kill, while Jesus comes that we might have life to the full.  Abundant life.  That’s what I desire.  Abundant life.  A full life transcends the physical into the spiritual, and that abundance is through Christ Jesus…

7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 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

When we enter relationship with God through Jesus, we will be saved.  He is the gate into eternity.  No other gate will do, he says.  Those who have come before (or after) Jesus as the gate into relationship with God are thieves and robbers, according to Jesus.  The sheep have not listened to them…

Hmmm…

I think many people have listened to them.  Yet the sheep of God have not.  They hear the voice of Jesus.  Only.  And they will find pasture with him.  This is harsh talk from Jesus.  Jesus is setting himself apart from other world religions and deities.  Thieves and robbers.  And he points to ‘the thief’ in verse 10.  The thief is behind the deception of all other voices which lead us away from Jesus.

The thief comes to steal the truth, to kill our chances of eternal hope, and to destroy our lives by building facades of purpose and meaning. 

Jesus came to give life to the full – abundant life.  And Jesus paints a clear picture of himself as the only Good Shepherd of the sheep.

Each of us has to test the words of Jesus in our hearts, and I hope that you might open your heart for God to speak to you on these matters.  In John 14:6, Jesus returns to these ideas as he proclaims that he is the way, the truth, and the life – no one, he says, comes to the Father God apart from Jesus.

Lord Jesus,
We pray for openness to hear your truth.
Thank you for making the way for us,
To enter relationship with our Father in heaven,
And to experience life to the full with you.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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