King Herod was a thief. Because of his false apprehensions, “he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under” (Matthew 2:16). We just came home a few hours ago from visiting a dear couple with their first child just born two weeks ago. I can’t imagine that precious life being ripped from their arms and put to death by a wicked king. But that is what Herod did.
By contrast, notice how Jesus juxtaposed that account of Herod with one of His purpose statements; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The word “abundantly” mean ‘with special advantage, exceptional life’. Think of the vast contrast between death that has no hope, no eternal value and no reason to celebrate in comparison to the life Jesus offers free, and is eternal. It is filled with the prospect of a relationship that is greater than any earthly relationship and filled with endless pleasure.
The best part of all this abundant life is that God offers it without cost. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28). There is someone you will meet in the next day or two that needs to hear this message. Will you give this gift that can change their life forever?
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