One of my favorite promises of Jesus is found in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." What exactly does "abundantly" mean? Christians really should reach a consensus on this…and perhaps have in some quarters. However, I've heard the abundance Jesus speaks of explained as:
- Wealth. Jesus came that we might be rich.
- Happiness. Jesus came that we might be happy.
- Plenty. Jesus came that we might never go hungry.
One commentator writes: "Jesus calls his followers, not to a dour, lifeless, miserable existence that squashes human potential, but to a rich, full, joyful life, one overflowing with meaningful activities under the personal favor and blessing of God and in continual fellowship with his people." That's certainly getting closer to what Jesus means by abundance. However, if in fact Jesus brings abundant life we need to gain clarity as to what that means and proclaim it from the mountaintops. Jesus is Lord and bringer of abundant life!
I have my view of what he means, but I would like to hear yours…in a sentence or two. What "abundance" does Jesus bring to life? This is an important part of the gospel. My short definition might be… Jesus came to make life better as God defines it in order that we might experience the "betterness" of life in Him. The question then becomes… how does God define "Better." This is the subject of the new message series we're beginning this Sunday at New Vintage Church, Better: Everyday Gospel.
What's your one or two sentence description of the abundant life Jesus brings?