Text: "I am come that they might have life, and that
they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b)
Reading: John 10:1-10, 27-28
(a) I remember reading about a man who was a
multi-millionaire, and what happened when he eventually died.
(b) Many people attended his funeral which was a very grand
(c) He died and was buried as he lived -lavishly!
(d) There was no coffin; instead he was seated in his huge
cadalac limousine, with a cigar in his mouth, and the whole
thing was lowered into the grave!
(e) A bystander was heard to remark, "Man that really
(f) Well if that could be described as LIVING!!, then
obviously they didn't know what real living was all about!
(a) Life is full of opposites: joy and sorrow, black and
white, light and dark, love and hate, good and evil - even
LIFE AND DEATH!!
(c) We do not expect physical life and death to exist within
the same person - they are either dead or they are alive -
you don't expect both together! Such a notion is foolish in
(d) However when it comes to spiritual matters, many seem to
expect this impossible situation to exist!
(e) I have heard Christians speak of SALVATION as if it is
something that happens every other weekend in someone's life
and then disappears again.
(f) When we look at what the Bible says about spiritual life,
it is speaking about a literal resurrection from spiritual
death!! The Bible doesn't know anything about people who are
alive today, dead tomorrow, and alive the next day - such an
idea is preposterous in the extreme!!
Some Christians don't know if
they are alive or dead!
(g) They seem to live a very chequered existence - a sort of
spiritual Jeckle & Hyde.
(h) We're not talking about some sort of HALF DONE JOB that
needs to be topped up every couple of weeks!
RATHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MIRACLE WHEREBY GOD RESTORES
A PERSON FROM A STATE OF SPIRITUAL DEATH TO A
STATE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE - NOTHING LESS!
(a) Jesus Himself said, "I am the Resurrection and the
life, He that believeth on Me, though he were DEAD, yet
shall he LIVE, and whosoever liveth and believeth on me
shall NEVER DIE!!!"
(b) This eternal life STARTS NOW!!
(c) In our reading, Jesus says, "I GIVE UNTO MY
SHEEP ETERNAL LIFE, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH!"
(d) Let us make no mistake, it is Jesus Himself Who is the
(e) The Apostle Paul makes this very clear, when writing to
the Ephesians. He says, "Ye who were dead in trespasses
and sins HATH HE QUICKENED." (or made alive again)
(f) I remember one morning seeing on breakfast television, a
little baby that had been born prematurely. To all accounts
and purposes, the child was believed to be still-born, and
was put in another room on its own.
The grief stricken grandmother asked if she could see
the little body, and discovered that the little one had
started to breathe. The baby recovered and was just fine. The
parents view this as a MIRACLE and are so very grateful!
(g) I remember getting hold of a book written by a man who
was DEAD BEFORE HE WROTE IT!!
He was technically dead for about 10 minutes, during
which time he had an experience which changed his life
and his relationship with God!
(h) But mere physical life is NOTHING compared with the life
which Jesus calls ABUNDANT LIFE!
(a) How often it is that our lassies selling the War Cry in
the pubs are approached by people telling them that until
they've had a drink, a dance, a smoke, and experienced the
pleasures of this world, they have NOT REALLY LIVED!
(b) Then I suppose, we're meant to watch them be sick over
the nearest wall, going home to beat up their wife and
miss-treat their children (if they still have a wife by
that time), stagger to bed only to wake up the following
morning with a hangover. Then I suppose we're meant to look
on in envy, and exclaim, "MAN THAT'S REALLY
HOW COULD ANY SANE PERSON BELIEVE SUCH LIES OF THE
(c) The REAL Christian knows what REAL life is all about!
REAL life can bring SATISFACTION - something this world can
(d) When you find Jesus, you find the source of REAL life.
(e) ABUNDANT means something beyond measure - LIMITLESS!!
(a) Spiritual death brings spiritual ruin - leading to
spiritual eternal death!!
(b) Spiritual life on the other hand leads to eternal
spiritual life in Heaven - eternal union with the Lord we
love, and continual joy and peace such as we have never
(c) I sometimes look at some of those who say they are on the
way to Heaven - yet, THEY DON'T SPEAK TO OTHER CHRISTIANS!
THEY DON'T PRAY UNLESS THEY'RE IN TROUBLE!
THEY DON'T BOTHER TO READ THEIR BIBLES FOR SPIRITUAL FOOD!
AND THEY GET UPSET IF THE PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD TAKES UP
A QUARTER AS MUCH TIME AS THEIR WEEKLY HELPING OF SOAP
(d) Then they say they love Jesus and they're going to Heaven
All I can say is, that if they ever got there, they would be
extremely unhappy because everybody in Heaven will be doing
all the things THEY don't bother about down here!!
DEAR FRIENDS IF SOMEONE SHOWS NO EVIDENCE OF LOVING JESUS
DOWN HERE, THEY WON'T SUDDENLY CHANGE WHEN THEY GET THERE
- AND HEAVEN IS ONLY FILLED WITH THOSE WHO LOVE JESUS!!
(e) Do you want to know if someone is going to Heaven - THEN
OBSERVE HOW MUCH THEY LOVE JESUS!! That will tell you!
(f) I remember a communist confronting me in a pub one night,
as I sold the War Cry, and amongst other things quoting Carl
Marx and saying, "Every life must tell in some
Let me say that also EVERY SPIRITUAL LIFE MUST TELL IN THIS
WORLD, and show the reality of a living Christ!
(g) How often have we heard the term "Life is for
SPIRITUAL LIFE TOO IS FOR LIVING!
(a) Do you possess this eternal life, and is it telling for
God? Are you living it fully?
(b) ETERNAL LIFE starts now in this world - but then so does
(c) This world is to a large extent a preparation ground for
eternity - let us make sure we are using it to get prepared!
(d) The very first part of that preparation is to find Jesus
The Life Giver and allow Him to give that life to us.
HAVE YOU DONE THAT YET??
GOD SAYS, "THIS DAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION"!!