The Resurrection and Abundant Life - Part 1

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

When the Bible speaks of life, it uses it differently than we commonly hear it. This verse from John’s gospel provides a definition by Jesus, who calls it “abundant” life. What does He mean by “abundant”? We could say He describes life in terms of quantity. The life He imparts to His children will never end. Certainly Jesus gives His children unending life:

“And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26)

But doesn’t Jesus speak also of a quality of life here and now? Indeed He does:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

Certainly we enjoy a present peace with God as the Holy Spirit communicates God’s peace to us throughout life. We also enjoy a supernatural power too. The resurrection came about by God’s power, the very power that abides in us presently:

“And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:19-20).

The power that raised Jesus from the grave will one day raise us up too:

“Knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Corinthians 4:14).

When God saved our souls, He took up residency in our hearts to supply us with everything we need to live godly lives (Philippians 4:13; 2 Peter 1:3). The power that raised Jesus from the dead, and that one day will raise us up also, resides within us to encourage us to live for Him. The life that He calls us to live leads us to praise and serve Him all of our days. When you feel weak, do not despair. He will supply you with needed strength to bear the stresses of life. He will do so by empowering you to fulfill His will. May God’s name be praised for His gracious provision!

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