In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Also in John’s gospel the Apostle says, “in him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4), while Jesus described himself in John 14:6 with “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If there was ever a word that so perfectly recounted the nature and purpose of Jesus Christ that word would be life.
And what do we do with such a life, the one Jesus lived and the one he came to give? The first thing we must recognize is that he was born, lived, and died with a purpose, and being God incarnate, performed his purpose with perfection. The very cornerstone of our salvation begins with Jesus surrendering his life, burdened by our sin, that after accepting his gift of atonement, we may appear before God in a righteous state, for us, a renewed and justified life.
Jesus and life are practically synonymous. He came to bring life to the spiritually dead; he offers us a life justified from the guilt of sin; he becomes our adopted brother and we are proffered a position in life as an heir to God; he provides us access to a life of eternal glory instead of eternal death.
If we reread the verse at the top, the word abundantly begins to seem insufficient. The Greek word translated as abundant in this verse and in others reads with phrases like “exceedingly abundantly above” and “very highly and above measure.” One begins to think that such a full life as this would be too much for one person to live. But sadly, how many believers do you know who actually have an abundant Christian life? Remember, we’re not talking monetary wealth but spiritual riches. Do you have it? Do I? Maybe “ye have not because ye ask not”. (James 4:2) “How much more shall your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
An abundant life overflows with God’s spirit. An abundant life has so much joy that it cannot be contained. An abundant life is a life with a purpose that cannot be denied. “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Providing all mankind with a way to an abundant life was the hard part and it was done for us by Jesus Christ. Our surrendering our life for his seems to be harder, but only because our own weakness and fear make it so. Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly and truly, there is so much of it to share that the world’s population could all partake and there would still be more left over.