Jn.10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.
As Jesus drew nearer and nearer to the cross and His return to be with the Father, He began to unveil more and more about His true mission. In this short phrase, Jesus comes out and says it, “I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly”. The reason Jesus came to this earth was to give us abundant life. Many times people don’t quite understand what Jesus was talking about. The non-spiritual person would have a wrong definition of what abundant life includes. The list would vary from person to person, but it would include things like a healthy marriage and family, good health, and abundant provision. Now of course all of those things are good and are the blessings of the Lord, but that is not what Jesus is talking about or why He came. He came to give life; Zoe. Zoe is the very essence of the life that the Father and the Son enjoy. Life is the very nature of God, and the very thing we lost at the fall so many years ago. Here is how Barclay describes this passage.
“But John is quite sure that, although Jesus is the bringer of this life, the giver of life is God. Again and again, John uses the phrase the living God, as indeed the whole Bible does. It is the will of the Father who sent Jesus that everyone who sees him and believes in him should have life (6:40). Jesus is the giver of life because the Father has set his own seal of approval upon him (6:27). He gives life to as many as God has given him (17:2). At the back of it all, there is God. It is as if God was saying: ‘I created human beings that they should have real life; through their sin they have ceased to live and only exist; I have sent them my Son to enable them to know what real life is.”
When Christ comes into your life, you pass from death into life; the very life of God. He Himself is your abundant life. Jesus came to give us access to Himself; that is the abundant life Jesus preached about and the life all of us long for. Open your heart to Him, and let His real life fill every part of your being.