In John 10:10 Jesus makes a statement that tells his disciples why he came to earth. In the verse, he states that he came so that we might have life, and so we could that life to the fullest.
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.Jesus Speaking In the Bible; John 10;9-10
I added verse 9 into the quote for context. In this verse, Jesus is making a contrast between those who are looking out for you, and the others who are coming to steal, kill, and destroy. He goes on to say that he is not a hired hand, and he actually cares for the sheep, and he will give his life up for them.
In essence, this is the story of Easter, he’s foretelling the future to his team, long before it happens. Jesus is predicting his death here.
John 10:10 What Does It Mean To Have Life To The Fullest?
A lot of people will see the word abundance, and think that I’m going to talk about God giving you stuff. That’s not true, and if you think that, please check your heart, as it isn’t right.
In other translations Jesus states that he is giving life to the full.
So what is a full life?
The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of examples about this. We can look to Adam & Eve before the fall and Jesus. What in their lives gave them an abundant life? How did they live life to the fullest?
I’m going to try and break this all down, and maybe we can learn something about how life our lives can be lived.
Adam & Eve Experienced Abundant Life
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. Sin didn’t just affect us, it changed the universe, it made things finite.
Prior to the fall, Adam & Eve lived in The Garden of Eden. The location of the garden is suspected to be somewhere in the middle east. And the Bible gives us an idea of where it could’ve been located, but I’m not going to get too deep into that. It doesn’t add much of anything to this narrative.
As long as we’re talking pre-fall, Adam & Eve lived with God and walked with him at certain times 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 life. I didn’t even mention his creating the garden and providing everything for them in it.
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.
What Does God Say About Living Life: John 10:10 Lived Out
The Bible speaks briefly about the 1st Adam (Adam) and the 2nd Adam (Jesus). Jesus never lost that abundant life. 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.
Keep in mind, the Bible states that all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. His Glory is what gives us life, and that life to the full.
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 the book of John, it’s stated 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 Live Life To The Fullest?
First off, to live a life of fullness, 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 Live Out John 10:10
We all make decisions, and we all have our 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.
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.
In my life, I’ve had a lot of heartaches, pain, and depression. However I’ve been a follower of Jesus for years now, and I would never want to live my life alone. I couldn’t survive, he’s my strength and my guide.
What Is The Source Of Fullness Of Life According To Jesus John 10:10
The main point I’m trying to make is that life to the fullest mentality, doesn’t necessarily include stuff, (I don’t wanna rule it out, but really can’t see it.) and it doesn’t make things go smoother.
Instead, a life to the fullest means, that God is here with you, 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.
Jesus came, died, and rose again. All so he could have the chance to live life with you. You should at least give him a chance.
How We Fail Living Life To The Fullest
When we fail it’s because we disconnect from our source. If Jesus is the one who’s giving us life, what happens when we’re not connected to that life. I’ll tell you what happens.
If 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. Then Jesus comes and creates a door, but if we don’t go through the door, we’ll never be more than we are. Forever staying in the shadows of who we were made to be.
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