Jesus said, “I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Christ came to bring us spiritual life where there was spiritual death. Not only did He bring life, but He brought life plus. Big-sized life. More life. Life is good, but abundant life is better.
Here I’d like to look at just three aspects of this abundant life: living fully, living completely, and living comfortably.
1. In Christ we can live fully, the way He intended in our creation. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). And in verse 16: “And of His fullness we have received, and grace for grace.” Jesus is full of grace and truth, and we receive his fullness. Do you feel empty? Receive His fullness, grace upon grace.
2. In Christ we can live completely, because we are made complete in Him. “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him…”
“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen” (Heb. 13:20-21).
All the fullness of God is in Jesus and in Him we are complete, lacking nothing, made perfect in Him. Without Christ we are incomplete, unfit for good works, but in Him we are fit to work His will. Do you fill incomplete? Ask God to make you complete in Jesus who rose from the dead. It is through His resurrection that we are made whole.
3. In Christ we can live comfortably. By this I don’t mean that we have comfortable homes and regular vacations. This is something far more valuable. This is soul comfort. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). In Christ we have consolation, solace, and peace. We find ease for our spirits when our burdens are lifted and our griefs and afflictions are lightened by the God of all comfort. He is the author of all comfort, the source of all comfort, and we are able to live comfortably in Him.
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thess. 2:17). Do you need comfort and peace? Go to Jesus who has given us “everlasting consolation.”
In Christ we surely have abundant life. We have abundant grace (2 Cor. 4:15), abundant mercy (1 Pet. 1:3) which has “begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” This is not dead hope, but lively hope, resurrection hope. This is the abundant life He has for secured for us by means of His resurrection.
He is Risen!