A Meditation on the March 18, 2012 Sermon Text: John 10:1-10

The Kingdom of God is a place of abundance and freedom.  Often Christianity is depicted as boring and rigid.  But this is the furthest thing from the truth.  “They will come and go freely and will find good pastures” (v. 9 NLT).  And as Jesus says in v. 10: “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”  And this isn’t only a rich and satisfying life in heaven after death, but now, here in the kingdom of heaven on earth. As the late Leon Morris writes in his Reflections on the Gospel of John (p. 375): “The Christian life is an exuberant affair, full of the joy of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.  The early-church Fathers often thought that it is life in the world to come that is meant. True, that is an abundant life.  But surely those Fathers had missed the wonderful thing Jesus is saying here.  Not only does he give believers the best things in the life to come; he also gives them the best things here and now.  There are difficulties and troubles for the believer.  Sure.  That, in the modern phrase, is part of the deal.  But the wonderful joy that comes from constant fellowship with the Lord far outweighs any such inconveniences.  The life Christ gives is the abundant life.”  Amen!

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