For What Did You Come?

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

The stark contrast between Jesus and the thief, while the second one comes to steal, kill and destroy, the Lord has come that they have life; but not a simple life, but a life in abundance. While the thief takes away everything, even life and seeks our destruction, the Lord gives us the opportunity to get up even from the dead and prepare a place for us in His heavenly abode. The aim of the thief is our downfall; but Jesus wants our salvation.

Much has been written about what the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. It has been said that we want to take away our dignity, communion with God, work, friends, family, health, faith, finance, identity as children of God, joy, God’s promises, dreams, soul, purpose on earth and blessings, including other things. The Bible says that robs us in Luke 8:11-12: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Actually, the devil only needs to steal the Word of God to take away everything. When he steals the Word, he takes away our opportunity to achieve salvation and eternal life. That is his main goal; he distracts us with additives in order to drag us to perdition, thus avoiding seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. When we focus on being part of the Kingdom of God, the enemy cannot touch us as says 1 John 5:18: We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

Jesus is who John says He who was born of God keeps him, the same that says I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. All wiles of the enemy are destroyed by our Lord, as 1 John 3:8 says: He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. The diabolical plan has been discovered, exposed and destroyed by Jesus Christ. Do not be fooled by their lies or allow to continue stealing, killing and destroying our lives.

Colossians 2:15 leaves no doubt about the final victory of Christ over the devil: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Therefore, as a phrase circulating in cyberspace says: “On your way, the enemy places stones, man thorns sheds, but God draws a destination. And that is why that although many steps are painful, your end has to be wonderful.” Whenever our end is with Christ, there is nothing to fear what the thief intends to do with us.

In short, John 10:10 shows two who have come. One is the thief who comes with the intention of annihilating. The other is Jesus who came to give us abundant life. Who of the two you get? If you call attention to the things of this world, which is dominated by the devil, the thief himself will take away everything and destroy you. Trust only in Jesus, who says 1 John 4:4:  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. God bless you.

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