“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
How would you fill in the blank, life is …….? Some have described our existence by filling in the blank that life is like a rat race, a series of choices, a pay cheque, a party and life being short so make it sweet. For us who are born of the water and Spirit, our life belongs to Jesus Who has prepared a way for us to live according to His perfect will.
Let us explore some of the perspectives of life on earth.
- The Misconception Of Life John 10:10a
Unfortunately, for many life is nothing more than the time spent between birth and death. They endure the drudgery of existence, the boring monotony of the routine and hoping of having enough until the end. In the passage above, Jesus drawing a familiar scene of shepherds on a hillside keeping watch over their sheep by saying “a thief comes only to steal and kill and to destroy.” The job of the shepherd was to lead, protect and feed the sheep but unfortunately just as our time, there were thieves and robbers who exploit the sheep (soul) for personal gratification.
Likewise, there are also many other avenues which we can take that could lead not to life but to destruction. While we would never call these pursuits thieves and robbers who steal our soul but they are just that. As a matter of fact, it is proven through life experience that we will never find life in pleasure, in performance, in possessions, in positions and in worldly pursuits.
- The Source Of Life John 10:10b
The truth is that life is not found in pleasure, performance, possessions, positions or pursuits. It is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus says time and time again that he is the giver and author of life. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25 Later in John’s Gospel He states, “I am the way, truth and the life.” John 14:6 However, the most powerful statement Jesus made regarding life was “a thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy, I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” The word ‘I’ in the verse is emphatic meaning that life is found in no other than Jesus. Furthermore, Jesus said “I am the door of the sheep.” Jesus meant that the sheepfold has only one entrance, life has one source, spiritual nourishment to be obtained only one way and heaven can be entered only through one entrance. The single means of access to all that is life is Jesus.
- The Significance Of Life John 10:10
The life that Jesus gives is infinitely and eternally different than the life one possesses now. Maybe a little lesson in Greek vocabulary would be helpful in discerning what the significance of this life Jesus offers. The Greek language employs several different words to communicate concept and thoughts that in English only one word is available. Such is true with the concept of life. Two words for life in Greek will clarify the meaning of life. The first word is “bios” in which English word biology is derived. It refers to the duration of life – one’s life span, the time between one’s birth date and one’s death date. It refers to the necessities of life – one’s food, shelter and clothing.
The second word is “zoe” in which the English words zoo and zoology are derived. It refers to the life as God has it. The life that belongs to God that become ours when we place our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. It is not duration because this life is not limited by time nor hindered by death. It is not a possession but rather an infilling – God once again breathing His life into us.
When we were born we were given “bios” life. However, when we are born again after receiving perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit by placing our faith in Jesus’ baptism and death, we are given ‘zoe’ life.
The amazing life that Jesus offers is a superabundant life that is full of vitality, a new meaning, a new energy, a new purpose, a new significance, a new outlook, a new hope and a new life.
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