June 27, 2024

The Happiness of Abundant Life

John 10:7-15

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

—  John 10:10

In our reading today Jesus explains that he is our shepherd, “the good shepherd” who “lays down his life for the sheep.”

Jesus also says that the purpose of his coming into the world is to give us life in abundance. Unlike the thief, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy the sheep, Jesus came so that we can experience permanent joy, lasting peace, and eternal happiness.

Once, during a feast in Jerusalem, Jesus stood up and declared, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:37-38).

True happiness is in knowing Jesus by experiencing him and enjoying him. This is not just a theoretical or intellectual knowledge. Jesus is the water of life. We need to drink this water. Whoever drinks this water will never be thirsty again.

Jesus quenches our existential thirst, our hunger for meaning. Although we may feel like an insignificant speck in the vast universe, Jesus became human, just like us. He, more than anyone, values his creation and gives us an unmatched gift: abundant life.

Lord Jesus, anyone who loves you lacks nothing. You have promised us abundant life. Guide us each day to live fully for you, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Thank you for coming to save us, and help us to share your love with everyone. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Hernandes became the Portuguese ministry leader for Today's sister Portuguese ministry in 2010. He also serves as the director of the organization Luz Para o Caminho (Light for the Way), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian
Church of Brazil. Hernandes has authored more than 160 books and is a popular and respected conference speaker in Brazil. Hernandes graduated from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Brazil and earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, MS.

Hernandes and his wife, Tinha, have two adult children.

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