The thief wants you! I know that may come as a surprise when you first read those words, but it’s true. Who is the thief, and why does he want you?
Let’s look at our verse of the day, which comes from John 10:10.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Who is the thief? False teachers who led Israel at the time.
What does the thief want to do? Steal. Kill. Destroy.
Who came so they could have life? Jesus Christ.
Who are they? The sheep.
Contrary to the thief, Christ came that believers may have eternal life, both now and in the world to come.
The thief tries to steal the hearts and affections of believers in Christ and tries to kill and destroy them spiritually. Deceivers of souls are murderers of souls. The thief’s interest is in himself. Christ’s interest is in his sheep whom he enables to have life to the full.
The Greek word for “life” is found 36 times in the book of John. No other New Testament book uses the word more than 17 times. Life is Christ’s gift, and he, in fact, is the “life”.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of life. I thank you for the good shepherd, Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross so I could have eternal life through the forgiveness of my sins. He paid the price for me. Lord, I thank you for teaching me, providing for me, and for guiding me each day. Lord, I also thank you for the gospel writer, John, who shared what he learned and experienced. Praise you, Lord, for all you have done through Jesus, your Son. Glory to you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.