What does it mean that the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)?


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John 10:10 records Jesus saying, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." This verse sets up a contrast between "the thief...

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Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
One of the most well known statement of Jesus is about life(Jn.10:10, 3:16). In order to understand what John 10:10 means, we need to look at its context. Chapter 10 of John's Gospel develops the biblical theme of sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd is accessible to the sheep. Strangers do not have a personal relationship with the flock, but the good shepherd does. Verse 10 draws the contrast between Jesus and false shepherds, (false teachers), the thieves who come to kill, steal and destroy. Both the passages promise that Jesus has come to bring a superabundance to life. 

"Life" in John characteristically refers to eternal life (see on 3:15), the gift of God through His Son. Jesus' main purpose was the salvation (health) of the sheep, which he defined as free access to pasture and fullness of life. Under his protection and by his gift, they can experience the best life. 

In the context of John's emphasis on eternal life, this statement takes on new significance. Jesus can give a whole new meaning to living because he provides full satisfaction and perfect guidance.The passage promises superior, superabundant spiritual life, life empowered by the indwelling of Jesus Christ. Because Christians "have" Jesus Christ, because he lives within them, they have the riches of the superabundant life.

"Life" is at the core of the good news. Abundant life is available to us through Jesus. Those of us who took the step through God's grace, know it is true. Our lives have been filled with new light. The promise of life lies at the heart of the gospel.

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