“I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full”
When we look into it we find an exciting and inspiring statement, filled with hope and certainty.
At one level it picks up on the great promise of John 3:16 – “that whoever believes in Him shall….have eternal life.” The fullness of life is to be found in the new and eternal life that God gives to us in Christ. Its final fulfilment will be known and experienced after His second coming, when we join Him in the presence of the Father.
However, there is much more here. For the believer, and even for the seeker, there is the wonderful news that “I have come.” This contains within it more than just the purpose that follows. It signifies also that the waiting is over, the Messiah has arrived, and God’s purpose is being unfolded and revealed in a new way. The Son of God has taken His place in history. In terms of presence He will never leave again. As He said to His disciples, “I am with you always.” (Matt 28:20)
For us today the good news is, therefore, that ‘I am here!’ God is with us, today and every day. Whatever our situation, whatever the challenges that we face, ‘The Lord is here. His Spirit is with us.’ We are not, and will not be, alone. His very presence is a help. And, just as He reached out and touched the lives of people when He was present physically, so He will make a difference in our lives when invited and allowed to do so. He is here to walk with us, every step of the way. This is life with a difference!
When the true significance hits us it is as if the sun has come through on a dark day.
Practice reminding yourself that He is with you. Chat to Him throughout the day. Try to do everything with Him in mind.
Lord Jesus, I do want what You have to give. Please open me to Your presence, Your life and Your love, in all my situations. Amen.