Posts Tagged ‘John 10:10’

Life, more abundant life

December 5, 2017

John 10--10

The Verse of the Day for December 5, 2017 offers another metaphor used by Jesus Christ to help his followers understand who he and why he came on the scene:

John 10:7, 9-10 (AMP):

So Jesus said again, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I am the Door for the sheep [leading to life]. I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

He begins by describing himself as the door or gate to the sheep that serves a dual purpose.  Such a gate or door can be used to keep enemies or those with harmful motives from entering the sheepfold. It can also be used to keep the sheep within the confines of safety.  The passage goes on to contrast the “thief” who comes with ill intent and attempts “to steal and to kill and to destroy the flock.” On the other hand, the Lord Jesus Christ comes not only to give life but more abundant life,

Verse 10 also brings to mind the Hebrew expression L’Chaim, literally meaning “to life!” The phrase is often used as a toast to celebrate a special occasion. L’Chaim reveals a great deal about the Jewish approach to life. The phrase is not to a good life, to a healthy life, or even to a long life. It is simply “to Life!”, recognizing that life is, indeed, good and precious and should always be celebrated and savored. According to a noted Rabbi, “L’Chaim” does not just mean “to life” as it is commonly translated, but “to lives”—to life in the plural: overflowing cup life, “bright and bubbly, doubly lovely,” life in all of its fullness.

John 10:10 serves as the epigraph or opening scripture for the following poetic expression:

Life

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

 

From the fountain, never-ending waters of life,

Countless blessings flow from the one who lives and gives

Wisdom, knowledge, understanding and new meaning

That we might conquer the last enemy called death

And know exceeding great and precious promises

Of His kingdom, ruled by righteousness, joy and peace.

 

Surpassing all our understanding is His peace,

Refreshing cool water from the river of life

To satisfy and fulfill all His promises:

The everlasting portion of the grace that gives

Beauty for ashes to resurrect life from death

And unfold mysteries to give life true meaning.

 

Along the journey, each soul seeks to find meaning,

To sail through the storms of life to a place of peace,

To walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Every page recorded by the author of life

Speaks of the comfort and assurance that He gives

To all who decide to believe His promises.

 

Far beyond earthly treasures are God’s promises

To His dear children who come to know the meaning

Of true love from our most gracious Father, who gives

His spirit to season our speech with words of peace.

To minister to one another, to speak life:

In the tongue is the power of both life and death.

 

We know nothing separates us, not even death,

For God’s love still gives birth to untold promises

That we might be changed and walk in newness of life.

We strive to know God’s ways, understand their meaning.

To know the depths of boundless grace, mercy and peace

And endless love that empties itself yet still gives.

 

Our lives illumined with the light only He gives

To dispel darkness and nullify even death,

To brighten the way and lighten our paths with peace,

That we might stand upon abundant promises,

That enlighten us to understand the meaning

Of our fully partaking of the Bread of Life.

 

The faithful God who gives will keep His promises.

Even death can never alter the real meaning

Of perfect peace that leads to everlasting life.

We close with this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”

Life, the spirit of life

August 19, 2017

 

1 John 5--11

The Verse of the Day for August 19, 2017 differentiates between those who have life and those who do not, as 1 John 5:11 in the English Standard Bible clearly reveals:

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

To more fully comprehend what God is saying, we need to examine these related verses:

1 John 5:11-13 (ESV):

11 And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

That You May Know

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we recognize that his ultimate purpose was to offer his life that humanity might have life, life in all its fullness, more abundant life, overflowing life abounding throughout all eternity.

This passage also brings to mind Paul’s reference to the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, the inspiration for this work:

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus  

has made me free from the law of sin and death

Romans 8:2

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For our desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

We know that we are saved by grace, not by our own merit.

We covenant with God that we will walk in the Spirit

And provide a place where the Spirit of God may dwell.

Ever aware of God’s loving kindness and faithfulness,

We embrace the Spirit of the Living God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As we mature, our lives reveal the measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free

To walk into the fullness of all God has called us to be.

As believers, we navigate through the challenges of life, endeavoring ever to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ while seeking to find “the balanced life.” God’s desire is expressed in the final benediction in 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our desire for wholeness, for balance merges with God, our Father who assures us with these words:

So shall you find the balanced life

Oh, let me be weighed in a just balance

and let Him weigh me, that God may know mine integrity!

Job 31:6 [Amplified Bible]

 

My

Children

Beloved,

Faithful and true,

All that you have asked

I have given to you,

For I, the Lord, weigh the spirits.

I know your deepest desire to please.

As you transform yourselves by renewing your mind,

So shall you find the balanced life you seek.

It is My good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

You have not withheld from Me, so I balance your equation

And stabilize your life, as you strive to do My will.

For in the innocence of your hands and the integrity of your heart

I have found in you a perfected dwelling place where My Spirit can abide.

We close our comments with this reminder of the ultimate purpose of Jesus Christ, this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”

I am the door of the sheep

December 5, 2016

john-10-10

The Verse of the Day for December 5, 2016 offers another metaphorical statement by Jesus Christ about himself:

John 10:7, 9-10 in the New King James Version:

[Jesus the Good Shepherd] Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 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.

Providentially, Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC has been ministering with a teaching series “Hearing the Voice of God” based on this same passage. His objective has been to teach that hearing the voice of God should be a lifestyle.

A previous blog entry notes that this particular passage speaks of Jesus Christ as the gate or door of the sheep which serves a dual purpose.  Such a gate or door can be used to keep enemies or those with harmful intents from entering the sheepfold. It can also be used to keep the sheep within the confines of safety. Ron Graham elaborates on this reference:

A ‘Sheepfold’ is a secure walled enclosure in which sheep are penned when not out to pasture in care of the shepherd. The sheepfold might be a permanent barn-like enclosure for shelter, an outdoor holding pen with stone walls, or a makeshift barricade of briars and crisscrossed pointed sticks. A single narrow opening was provided for entry and exit. If there was no secure door or gate, a keeper would guard the entrance or at night sleep across it. The purpose of the sheepfold was to keep the flock together, keep out wolves or dogs, and to make it difficult for thieves or vandals to steal or harm the sheep. A flock of sheep is a very valuable but vulnerable asset. A good shepherd knows and loves his sheep and guards them with his life against all predators. He keeps his flock together and fetches back any sheep that stray. A sheepfold was necessary for the protection of the flock.

farmyard-gate

The photo of a farmyard gate shows sheep quietly gazing on the other side of the entrance. Similarly, Jesus describes himself as a door or gate to the sheep.

The Sheep Gate is also mentioned in the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. A teaching series on the gates of Jerusalem was the inspiration for this poem which comes to mind while thinking of John 10:

At the Sheep Gate

 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep,

and am known by My own

As the Father knows Me,

 even so I know the Father;

 and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15

 

Here stands a company of priests, a holy nation,

Those called, chosen and set apart faithfully to serve,

To restore the sacred place of adoration.

Our lives have become open books for all to observe.

Even as priests prepared the altar of sacrifice,

We commit our lives to serve the Lord and vow to keep

Our covenant both with God and with one another.

As the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,

We are willing to give our lives for a sister or brother.

We have been sent to the sheepfold to guard and protect

Indeed, we are willing to pay the ultimate price

To follow Christ that our love might be made perfect.

At the Sheep Gate God first speaks that His will might be known:

That shepherds with His heart should serve and preserve His own.

We close with this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”

The truth will set you free

January 15, 2016

John-8-32

The Verse of the Day for January 15, 2016 is found in John 8:31-32 (NLT):

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

Some of the questions that follow such a statement might be “What is the source of truth? How does one know the truth?” Jesus Christ also declared, “Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth.” Indeed, one of the metaphors used by the Savior to provide his followers with a greater understanding of his identity is expressed this way:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me. (John 14:6)

The following comments are taken from an earlier blog entry that examined this metaphor in greater detail:

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29).

The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. . . . To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

To close out our discussion listen to “The Truth Shall Set You Free” by Matt Mahler:

I am the door: another metaphor

December 5, 2015

John 10--7-8

Revised and re-posted from a year ago, the Verse of the Day for December 5, 2015 provides another metaphorical statement by Jesus Christ about himself where he relates to being the gate or door of the sheep:

John 10:7, 9-10 (AMP)

So Jesus said again, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I am the Door for the sheep [leading to life]. I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

The door or gate to the sheep serves a dual purpose. Such a gate or door can be used to keep enemies or those with harmful intents from entering the sheepfold. It can also be used to keep the sheep within the confines of safety. Ron Graham elaborates on this reference:

A ‘Sheepfold’ is a secure walled enclosure in which sheep are penned when not out to pasture in care of the shepherd. The sheepfold might be a permanent barn-like enclosure for shelter, an outdoor holding pen with stone walls, or a makeshift barricade of briars and crisscrossed pointed sticks. A single narrow opening was provided for entry and exit. If there was no secure door or gate, a keeper would guard the entrance or at night sleep across it. The purpose of the sheepfold was to keep the flock together, keep out wolves or dogs, and to make it difficult for thieves or vandals to steal or harm the sheep. A flock of sheep is a very valuable but vulnerable asset. A good shepherd knows and loves his sheep and guards them with his life against all predators. He keeps his flock together and fetches back any sheep that stray. A sheepfold was necessary for the protection of the flock.

Farmyard GateThe photo of a farmyard gate shows sheep quietly grazing on the other side of the entrance. Similarly, Jesus describes himself as a door or gate to the sheep.
The Sheep Gate is also mentioned in the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. A teaching series on the gates of Jerusalem was the inspiration for this poem which comes to mind while thinking of John 10:

At the Sheep Gate

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep,
and am known by My own
As the Father knows Me,
even so I know the Father;
and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15

Here stands a company of priests, a holy nation,
Those called, chosen and set apart faithfully to serve,
To restore the sacred place of adoration.
Our lives have become open books for all to observe.
Even as priests prepared the altar of sacrifice,
We commit our lives to serve the Lord and vow to keep
Our covenant both with God and with one another.
As the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,
We are willing to give our lives for a sister or brother.
We have been sent to the sheepfold to guard and protect
Indeed, we are willing to pay the ultimate price
To follow Christ that our love might be made perfect.
At the Sheep Gate God first speaks that His will might be known:
That shepherds with His heart should serve and preserve His own.

We close with this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”

Yes, I am the gate

December 5, 2014

John 10--7-8The Verse of the Day provides another metaphorical statement by Jesus Christ about himself where he relates to being the gate or door of the sheep:

John 10:7, 9-10 (NLT):

So he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.

Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

The door or gate to the sheep serves a dual purpose. Such a gate or door can be used to keep enemies or those with harmful intents from entering the sheepfold. It can also be used to keep the sheep within the confines of safety. Ron Graham elaborates on this reference:

A ‘Sheepfold’ is a secure walled enclosure in which sheep are penned when not out to pasture in care of the shepherd. The sheepfold might be a permanent barn-like enclosure for shelter, an outdoor holding pen with stone walls, or a makeshift barricade of briars and crisscrossed pointed sticks. A single narrow opening was provided for entry and exit. If there was no secure door or gate, a keeper would guard the entrance or at night sleep across it. The purpose of the sheepfold was to keep the flock together, keep out wolves or dogs, and to make it difficult for thieves or vandals to steal or harm the sheep. A flock of sheep is a very valuable but vulnerable asset. A good shepherd knows and loves his sheep and guards them with his life against all predators. He keeps his flock together and fetches back any sheep that stray. A sheepfold was necessary for the protection of the flock.

Farmyard GateThe photo of a farmyard gate shows sheep grazing on the other side of the entrance. Similarly, Jesus describes himself as a door or gate to the sheep.

The Sheep Gate is also mentioned in the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. A teaching series on the gates of Jerusalem was the inspiration for this poem which comes to mind while thinking of John 10:

At the Sheep Gate

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep,

and am known by My own

As the Father knows Me,

even so I know the Father;

and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15

Here stands a company of priests, a holy nation,

Those called, chosen and set apart faithfully to serve,

To restore the sacred place of adoration.

Our lives have become open books for all to observe.

Even as priests prepared the altar of sacrifice,

We commit our lives to serve the Lord and vow to keep

Our covenant both with God and with one another.

As the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,

We are willing to give our lives for a sister or brother.

We have been sent to the sheepfold to guard and protect

Indeed, we are willing to pay the ultimate price

To follow Christ that our love might be made perfect.

At the Sheep Gate God first speaks that His will might be known:

That shepherds with His heart should serve and preserve His own.

We close with this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”