In John 10:10 Jesus contrasts a thief who comes in the night to steal, for himself.
The Meaning of Abundant life is that Jesus brings that life freely to us, while the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. In addition to that, we receive much more than life. He also gives a multitude of blessings, and the ability to grow with him.
9 I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He 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 in all its fullness. John 10:9-10
Life in abundance can’t be achieved in fullness here on earth. It’s just not possible since the world is so sinful. John 10:10 has Jesus stating what can happen here on earth, but what happens on earth is just a glimpse of the future he’s preparing for us.
We can follow Jesus, listen to his voice, and help the Holy Spirit transform the world. All of this comes from the abundant life that Jesus brought with him.
What Does It Mean To Have Abundant Life In John 10:10?
If Jesus came to restore our relationship with God, we can conclude that a restored relationship would probably include abundant life, right? So we need some examples of perfect people and there are only three people in the bible who lived perfect lives (2 would eventually fail, and the 3rd is Jesus)
Not a long list right?
Feel free to double-check my list, but Jesus, Adam, and Eve are the winners of this search. Granted the final two fell at some point in their lives, but it’s interesting to think they experienced both abundant life and the life we have. I think a good examination of their lives can show us what the Abundant life Jesus spoke about in John 10:10 actually is.
Adam & Eve Experienced Abundant Life But It Was A Short Experience
The first book of the Bible is called Genesis, and it describes the creation of the world, and what it was like before the fall of man. Sin didn’t just affect us, it changed the universe, and it made things that were infinite, and finite.
Prior to the fall, Adam & Eve lived in The Garden of Eden, they walked around naked, eating fruits from trees. The Bible also talks about some rivers and basically describes a large paradise.
Adam & Eve lived with God and even walked with him at certain times of the day (Genesis 3 says he walked with them during the cool of the day). When you’re living life with the creator of the universe, walking with him in a Garden Daily, that seems like it’d be a full and abundant life. I believe this is what Jesus was alluding to in John 10:10. I want to walk with God, it’d be pretty awesome!
Eventually, Adam & Eve sinned, and they were cast out of the Garden. This breaks them, disconnecting them from God, and by default, this extended to all of us. To lose that connection, and with that, we lost that connection the life.
After that, Jesus had to come to earth, and eventually, he had to die on the cross, so we could be reconnected with him. This would help us receive the abundant life of John 10:10.
Our sin came with a heavy price tag, and Jesus paid that price.
What Is The Lesson From John 10:10?
The Bible speaks briefly about the 1st Adam (Adam) and the 2nd Adam (Jesus). Jesus came to earth with abundant life. He came so we could reconnect with God, and finally experience it for ourselves. I find it interesting that he never lost that abundant life. Which means we can tap into it here on earth. He was always in communion with God the father, his father. When he came to earth, his mission was to restore the bond that Adam had broken.
Jesus’ life is full of helping people. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and saved widows. There are countless things he did, and in John 21:25 John states that the world couldn’t contain the books of things he’s done.
The life Jesus wants you to have is right in front of you. All you have to do is reach out to him, and ask for it.
John 10:10 How Can I Receive This Abundant Life?
First off, to receive abundant life, you have to realize that fullness comes from Jesus. I’m writing this article, and Easter is not that far away. On Easter Jesus died and rose again. By doing this he set us free from the chains of sin and death. These are the prisons we placed ourselves in, and he came, died, and freed us.
He came to give life and to give victory to us in all our lives.
A Life Of Fullness Is Your Choice John 10:10
We all make decisions that lead to epic failures. I’m sure many people reading this can think of many great failures they’ve committed. However, Jesus doesn’t look at that. If you accept him into your heart and follow him daily. Your mistakes aren’t going to matter anymore. John 10:10 at its essence is Jesus saying it doesn’t matter, I love you, and I created you.
When you follow Jesus, a whole new life opens up for you. It’s a life that doesn’t become easy, it’s filled with new challenges, and issues to overcome. Yet somehow having him next to you, guiding you, and helping you. It all becomes easier, as long as you continue to follow him. This is the abundant life you will see here on earth.
You’ll never be alone, and he is always someone you can turn to. The abundant life he’s talking about in John 10:10 is a life with him, God, and the Holy Spirit all connected.
Think about this, the God of the universe wants to come down and spend time with you. For some reason, he loves you to death knowing your faults and issues. Somehow, he still loves you?
Kinda crazy right? But it’s true.
In my life, I’ve had heartache, pain, and depression. And all of that got worse the day I chose to follow Jesus. However, having him in my life gave me strength, hope, and peace. I say this because it’s not easy, but it’s rewarding.
I’ve been a follower of Jesus for years now, and I would never want to live my life without him. I couldn’t survive, he’s my strength, my guide, and the one who helps me through everything.
I’m still looking for the total fulfillment of John 10:10. I want that abundant life, but I don’t think I’ll see it 100% until I get to heaven. Until then, I’ll just see and feel glimpses of it.
John 10:10 The Source Of Abundant Life
Life to the fullest doesn’t include stuff. Instead, an abundant means, that God is here, walking alongside you. He cries with you, laughs with you, and picks you up when the storm knocks you down.
That is what Jesus came to do, and I suspect this is the tip of the iceberg. He truly does love us, All you need to do is accept him. Ask him into your heart, to forgive you for sinning against him, and to be with you from now on. Whenever I read John 10:10 I can’t stop thinking about how good he’s been to me, and how bad I’ve treated him.
Jesus came, died for you, and rose again defeating death. He did this all just for the chance of you getting to know him. That’s how much he loves you, and it’s your choice.
How We Fail To Live An Abundant Life
We fail to live a life of abundance because we choose not to. For example, I wrote this post 3 years ago, it’s one of my most popular posts.
I’m going back over it reading and updating and realizing.
I haven’t been living the abundant life of John 10:10. And it’s all my fault. I choose to keep God at arm’s length and choose not to spend time with him.
These choices lead me to disconnect from him. I get farther away and can’t hear his voice anymore. This is a dangerous place to be, but I’m okay with it. But disconnection leads to a lack of belief.
When we disconnect, we stop believing. So if Jesus is the one who’s giving us life, what happens when we’re not connected to that life? I’ll tell you some of the things that happen below, and they’re the opposite of John 10:10.
God created the world, and we sinned. Our sin disconnects us from God, the creator of life. So we become shadows of who we were made to be. (This is how many people exist). But Jesus came as the way, and he showed us the way to freedom. John 10:10 is the briefest of summaries of what Jesus came to do.
All we need to do is accept Jesus, and believe in him. I hope and pray you do too. It’s the best choice I’ve ever made.
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