Abundant Living

Abundant Life

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

When Jesus spoke these words He was in the middle of a discussion with the Jewish religious leaders of His day. They believed that they were right with God and had eternity figured out. Jesus, however, said they were sinners in need of a Saviour. They were blind men, unaware of their blindness, leading other blind people into a dark alley to be abused and lost.

Jesus claimed to be the Good Shepherd who came to give His life for the sheep (John 10:11). Blind people needing a Saviour would find sight and eternal life in Him.

Many people read and hear the words of Jesus about abundant life and assume it means Jesus offers lots of goodies in this life. Thier hearts beat for a big house, a new car, relief from physical pains and medical strains. These aren’t what Jesus offered. Abundant life isn’t physical health and wealth but freedom from the deepest and greatest need: sin (John 9:41).

The offer of Jesus still stands. He came and gave His life on the cross that every one of His sheep would have eternal life without restriction.


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