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I Came That They Might Have Life

May 30, 2016

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I Came  That They Might Have  Life

Different people have different things they want  to get out of life.     For some  it is important  to party,  take part  in all sorts of recreation  and,  in general,  just have  a “good time”.     For others,  it is to be the most successful person  in their sphere,  whether it is in a business,  in politics,  or in a particular job  with the highest salary.     And,  there are those  who work very hard  building an image  of self-righteousness  that makes them look  “good”  in the eyes  of others.     When they have these things,  they want  to imagine  they are living  the good life.

But, inside,  they know it will all end some time.     None of that  will go on forever.     All of that is hollow  and empty.     It’s not lasting  or true  or honestly satisfying.     That’s because  it all leads  to nowhere  and deep down inside,  everybody realizes it — even though they don’t want  to talk about it.     It’s hopelessness.

With a deep love  and compassion,  Jesus desires  to help us.     We desperately need  to get out  of the mode  of following  the people  of this world  and their desires.     We know the ways  of the world are futile,  and we need  to get out of that  hopeless rut.     In John 10:10-11,  Jesus offers us something  of great value.     He says,

The thief comes only  to steal,  and kill,  and destroy;  I came  that they might have life,  and might have it  abundantly.     I am  the good shepherd;  the good shepherd  lays down His life  for the sheep…

Everything that the world offers us  is no different  than a thief’s purpose.     Thieves steal,  kill,  and destroy.     The sensual things  in this world  steal us away from God,  kill our desire  for humbly walking with God,  and destroy our souls forever.     But,  we are not abandoned  by God.     Jesus came that we “might have life,  and might have it abundantly.”      What is that  all about?

Jesus wants us  to have an abundant life — not the so-called  “life”  this world promotes.     This abundant life  is not razzle-dazzled  by worldly riches,  fame,  debauchery,  or even the self-righteousness  of all sorts  of good works.     When Jesus talks about  the abundant life,  the very first thing He points to  is His being  the good shepherd,  who lays down His life  for the sheep.     The abundant life is  the saved life — the life  that lasts  through eternity.

The abundant life  revels  in the truth  that Jesus is God  come down  to suffer  and die  as the payment  for our sins.     The abundant life  knows  its sins are forgiven  through faith  in Jesus Christ.     The abundant life  realizes  that Jesus is  its righteousness  —  because it has no honest righteousness  of its own.     The abundant life  experiences pleasure  in the mercy,  peace  and joy  that the love of God  has given  to them.     The abundant life  enjoys fellowship  with its Creator  and Redeemer.     The abundant life  has learned  to trust  in the love and guidance  of the Lord God Almighty.     It’s a life  of faith.

This life  of faith  does not end  on this earth.     It goes on  into eternity,  into all the glories  of God  in heaven.     Life in Christ  truly is  an abundant life.     So,  which kind of life  do we really,  truly,  honestly want?     Which life  will make us  truly happy?     Do we want  to follow the world — which is only out  to destroy us —  or do we want  to follow  the good shepherd,  who will give us  an abundant life,  now and forever?

Is it really such a hard choice?

The good shepherd laid His life down  for us.     He gives life  to His sheep  as they trust  and obey  His voice.     Following the voice  of our shepherd,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Almighty Lord,  there is no greater love  than the love  you freely give us  in Jesus Christ.     Let us always have  the sensibility  to keep on following You  in truth.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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