December 20: He Gives Abundant Life (John 10:1-10)
There will be no Sunday School for adults or children this Sunday. The only exception is that Ray Rutledge's class will meet at normal at 9:00am in Adult 1.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (ESV)
What is the good life? Is it health? Is it prosperity? Is it having friends? What are you pursuing as your vision of the good life? How effective have you been? Over this holiday season, we have been considering the reasons Jesus came to earth as a man. He came as the light to reveal God to his people; he came in the flesh to display the very glory of God to his people; and he came as the lamb to take away the sin of the world. This week we will see that Jesus cames as a true shepherd to bring life, abundant life to his people. What is abundant life? Is it not a life in perfect communion with God? Is it not a satisfying and secure life? This life is only found in Jesus, the true shepherd. Let us consider Jesus so that our hearts will be filled with grace leading to joy and satisfaction.
Review and Apply
- How would you define the good life? How does the world define the good life? What attempts have you made at achieving this?
- What is the warning Jesus gives in this passage to the church?
- How would you respond to a person who says, "Jesus is great for you but I have my own way"?
- Why is not intolerant to say that Jesus is the only way to salvation?
- What is the abundant life offered by Jesus?
- How do we encourage others in this life?