Enjoying Real 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, NKJV

 

Jesus’ discourse in John 10, is more than likely a continuation from the healing of the man born blind in John 9. In John 9, we find this man who was blind from birth and the disciples asked Jesus, “Whose sin caused this man to be born blind?”

Christ’s response penetrated the false doctrine of the day, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Have you ever found yourself in a situation in which you questioned yourself, blamed others, or even faulted God. Here we find a man with an ailment which only a miracle could cure. Instead of asking Christ, “What must he do to be healed” the first piece of information obtained by the disciples was “Who’s to blame?”

Uncertainty always provides an opportunity to ask of the Father how He might be glorified in our lives, and yet often we fail to ask the right question—even at times offering our own answers versus Christ’s. May we always remember to ask: “God, how are you being glorified in my life through this opportunity?”

Of course, the religious leaders of the day were distressed by Christ’s healing of this man. The young man’s response to the interrogation was simple, and should be our response even today: “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

Christ’s desire is for each of us to not live as “mere men,” but to enjoy REAL life. He makes this possible by opening our blinded eyes to the reality of the world beyond our existence. There’s a heavenly kingdom that we can enjoy and live in—a world more real than this temporal world we exist in today.

Jesus later explains in John 10, His supernatural ministry as our Good Shepherd. He opens our eyes and calls us in to His pasture. He compels us out of our distress and bondage into green pastures of sufficiency and cooling waters of peace. He calls us out of this worldly domain into a heavenly realm.

No matter what ails you today—no distress, insufficiency, even a prosperous time—can compare to that moment with Christ when he says, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.”

He enables us to see when we could not see and speaks with us as His own. We are known personally and passionately by Him. Can you see and hear Him today in your life?

In John 10, Christ describes for us His ministry as the Good Shepherd.

Here are some thoughts Jesus’ offered regarding His ministry as a Good Shepherd. Examine your life and circumstances today. Can you see Christ at work in these ways in your life?

  1. He watches over His sheep and executes his providence for His sheep. (Psalms 23)
  2. He calls each of His sheep by name, and knows them personally. (Isa 49:15-16)
  3. He leads them humbly, yet with authority. (Phil 2:5-8)
  4. He walks ahead of His sheep to protect and direct. (Isa 45:2)
  5. His voice is distinct and different from the voice of the world. (Psalm 29)
  6. He provides salvation and rest to His sheep. (Isa 40:31)
  7. He imparts life and lays down His life. (Heb 12:2)
  8. He himself became a as a lamb that was slain, resurrected to be the Lion of Judah. (Rev 5:5-6)
  9. He is the Father’s ministry to the sheep. (Heb 1:3)
  10. He holds power to condescend His glory and power to resurrect to greatest of all creation. (Jhn 11:25)

 

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