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Devotional - week of December 15, 2002


JESUS CAME TO PROVIDE THE ABUNDANT LIFE

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

While most would say Jesus came to die for our sins, the Scriptures mention other blessings resulting from His entrance into the human race.

According to His own words, one of the benefits of His coming is the provision of an “abundant life.” It is interesting that only in John 10:10 is the “life” Jesus came to provide described as “abundant.”

The words “everlasting” and “eternal” are often used in the New Testament to describe the life Jesus came to give. Bible scholars report that while both words mean “a life that never ends,” they also speak of “a quality of life”—an abundant life.

Jesus provides the abundant life by dying for our sins that we might be forgiven and become children of God.

Jesus also provides the abundant life because He entered the world as “the Last Adam.” 1 Corinthians 15:45 says:

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Jesus is “the Last Adam” because he came into the world to start a new—and final—race of people. When we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit immersed us “into Christ” and we became new creations. We are members of that new race.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Romans 6:3-5 reveals that those who are immersed into Christ by the Holy Spirit are crucified, buried, and resurrected—terms describing those of the new race.

When members of the new race obey the commands of Romans 6:11-13, they experience their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

When those of the new race experience the new creation life, they testify from their own hearts that Jesus came to provide the abundant life.