“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
— Jesus, Jn. 10:10
What do Jesus words mean to you? What does His claim mean for your ministry?
To answer those questions you need to first understand just what He is saying.
Context: John 10 begins laying the groundwork for Jesus’ claim with an analogy about how the gate is the only legitimate way into the sheep pen. Then He asserts, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”
Thieves and robbers try to get in by other ways to steal or destroy the sheep. They don’t care about the sheep other than profiting off of them. In contrast, Jesus, who later in the chapter is identified as the Good Shepherd, protects and provides for the sheep.
Against this backdrop Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“I” refers to the One who is the Gate, the way in. Remember what Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“I” refers to the Good Shepherd, who cares for the sheep like none other and ultimately laid His life down for the sheep.
This same Jesus, is also the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is God in the flesh, identified in John 1 as “the Word” who was from the beginning, was with God, and was God. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
If Jesus, being God Himself, was able to create the world, certainly He is able to deliver the abundant life He came to give. He is someone who can back up His claim.
Now that you have taken a closer look at the verse, let me again ask — What do Jesus words mean to you? What does His claim mean for your ministry?
In the next post we’ll look at the difference this abundant life makes. You can subscribe to this blog to receive e-mail updates of new posts.