November 9–The Gate, The Watchman and The Shepherd-Part 4: a study of John 10:1-18

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

The thief comes. No doubt about it. No choice about it.

And the thief comes against our souls and he comes against the truth of the Living God with a very definite purpose: ONLY to steal and kill and destroy. The thief has no other purpose but to steal our hope, kill our faith and destroy our lives. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy every shred of peace we have…to steal and kill and destroy every relationship we have—beginning with our relationship with the One True God, our Lord Jesus Christ—the one relationship upon which our very lives depend. Now and for all eternity.

And our Lord Jesus, the Lord who has conquered sin and death for all eternity, proclaims that He not only comes…but that He has already come for us. And He has come for us to offer life. The thief gives us no choice about what he will do in—and to—our lives. But the Lord Jesus Christ does not force Himself on us. He offers Himself and His life to us.

Jesus tells us that in Him we may have life. We must make the choice to put our lives in His hands—into His holy hands that were nailed to the cross for the forgiveness of our sins…into His holy hands that were raised in eternal, magnificent triumph through His resurrection from the dead! Jesus Christ offers us life. Life without the certain condemnation and punishment for our sins that we deserve. Jesus Christ has already come to take the full punishment of our sins for us. And Jesus Christ has already come to fully and forever conquer the power of death.

We have a choice about the life that Jesus offers to us. We may have life now—life that holds the absolute promise of eternal life; life that holds the absolute richness and abundance of the fullness of life that we may have only when we choose to live our lives in the grasp of His intimate hold on our life.

Jesus has already come to give us a life beyond what we could ever imagine, both for an eternity with Him and for right now as we walk with Him daily—listening to His heart of love for us, obeying His word and letting Him lead us in everything we do.

The full life that Jesus Christ offers is a life filled with His love, His grace, His truth, His freedom, His power, His peace, His joy and His hope!!! And nothing and no one can ever steal, kill or steal what Jesus offers to us—if we will accept what He offers and live in the life for which He has already come!!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane