10 …I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10 Msg.
The Greek word, Perissos translated (better, fullness or abundance) describes something that goes far beyond what is necessary.
Jesus promised to provide abundant, or full life to his people. An image that comes to mind is the cup described in Psalm 23:5, that is “filled to overflowing” by the Shepherd who is the Lord. Abundance of life points to depth of living now and length of living in eternity.
It is not only life as good as it can be, but also life beyond what we can imagine!
Author CS Lewis describes the life Jesus offers in this way, “All joy (as distinct from mere pleasure) emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings and wantings.”
Be careful, it is clearly not, a life that denies problems and pain. Rather, it is a life that faces them and makes use of them. Instead of letting us focus on the ups and downs of life, Jesus takes us deep into life itself, where there is a calm center even in the storm.
Later Jesus told his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble” John 16:33 niv. This should remove any last hopes that he was leading his followers into a life of guaranteed earthly happiness and prosperity. Even the beautiful pastoral scene Jesus described in this chapter (John 10) does not allow us to forget the danger of thieves, the presence of death, and the daily hardships of coming in and going out. This reality is also true in the 23rd Psalm mentioned earlier. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Do you want a better life? For living day to day Jesus offers fullness, in troubles Jesus promises his presence, in death he gives us eternal life. Why settle? Live a better life.
Join us this Sunday as begin our new series, A Better Life.