Abundant Life

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:9-11

Jesus is called “the Good Shepherd” in the Scriptures and this passage gives us a comparison of Him as the Good Shepherd and “the thief.”

The thief comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.  Jesus comes that people might have life and that they might have “it more abundantly.”  Not only does He come to give us life, He comes to give us abundant life.  The contrast could not be more striking.  On the one hand, you have Satan, who promises fun and pleasure, but (being the father of lies), ends up stealing, killing and destroying.  On the other hand, Jesus promises abundant life and delivers abundant life.

When we come to Him, He doesn’t just save us and then leave us to fend for ourselves in a world that hates us.  He promises to never leave us nor forsake us.  He promises to lead, guide and help us every day of our lives.  He wants not only to give us life, but to give us life “more abundantly.”

How sad is it that so many people, even knowing these verses, still choose to follow the destroyer instead of the One Who gives life and gives it abundantly?  How sad is it that, as Christians, we even sometimes ignore our own abundant life-giving Saviour?  He gives us life abundantly, and let us thank Him for it!

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