The Abundant Life: Scripture Pictures
One of the most popular verses in the Bible is John 10:10 where Jesus says: “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.” (NKJV).
In John 10:10, Jesus compares what He has to offer us – abundant life – versus what the enemy gives us.
The “thief” Jesus refers to in this verse is Satan, the enemy of our soul. According to Jesus’ own words, Satan’s mission is to steal, kill, and destroy us. In contrast, Jesus came not just so we might have life, but to have life more abundantly.
The choice is clear: abundant life with Jesus, or destruction and death via the enemy.
But what does the abundant life mean?
Pastor Greg Laurie, one of our favorite pastors, wrote about the abundant life on his website called, Oneplace.com (http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/a-new-beginning/read/articles/abundant-life-10479.html). Here is an excerpt:
“Campus Crusade for Christ’s tract, The Four Spiritual Laws, opens with the statement, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” And that is true. On the other hand, Satan hates you and has a horrible plan for your life. Now, he doesn’t really broadcast this, because he doesn’t want you to know. But what he ultimately wants to do is steal, kill, and destroy.
In contrast, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The context of John 10 is that of a shepherd and his sheep, where Jesus is the Shepherd, while we are the sheep. But we are reminded that Jesus is not just our Shepherd; He is the good shepherd. It is important to know that the word used here for “good” doesn’t just mean morally good, though it includes that. It also could be translated “beautiful” or “winsome” or “lovely,” even “attractive.” Jesus is the beautiful, attractive, winsome Shepherd, and the Shepherd’s plan for His flock — more specifically, the Lord’s plan for you — is that your life would flourish. It is His absolute joy to bless you.
Sometimes we have a false concept of God in which we see Him as One who is stingy with His blessings. But nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that God wants to bless you even more than you want to be blessed.
The abundant life that John 10:10 speaks of is not necessarily a long life, though it may be, but it certainly is a full one. Medical science seeks to add years to our lives, but only Jesus can add life to our years. Having been both an unbeliever and a believer, having been someone who was under the devil’s plan for my life and then discovering the Lord’s plan for my life, there is no question that living the life that God wants me to live is the best life.”
Henry, Patti and the Scripture Pictures Team hope you enjoyed Pastor Greg Laurie’s description of the abundant life that Jesus offers.
In His Love,
Henry, Patti and the Scripture Pictures Team
For a larger view, please click on the Scripture Pictures photo of John 13:33 called: God Has Overcome the World!
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.”
This Scripture Pictures photo was taken by Henry of Bora Bora from a helicopter with the doors removed. Henry says, “The pilot duct-taped my wife and I into the helicopter so we wouldn’t fall out!” This shot offers a compelling visual testimony of God’s splendor and is a reminder of the abundant life that He offers us.
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