The context is where Jesus presents Himself as the “I am door of the sheep” and “I am the Good Shepherd” (10:9, 11). To His sheep, those who hear His voice, He gives eternal life (John 3:15).
The thief on the other hand “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10). While there may not be anything wrong with giving presents and eating good meals, we must be alert to the “thief” using a good season in the Christian experience to “steal” the most precious part of Christ’s coming – “that they may have life and have it abundantly.” If the thief can “kill” our experience of abundant life in Christ, he has been successful.
Make sure your Christmas is Christ FIRST! He wants you and me to feast at His table – a fellowship of eternal life! This is “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” (1 Peter 1:4). Your purpose for being here is to continually enjoy this eternal life NOW! Then we will spontaneously want to share it with those who still do not have it.