John 10:10 has always been among my favorite Bible verses.  In this verse, Our Blessed, Glorious Lord Jesus said,  “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  In this verse, our Lord is teaching about what we would call in our modern society our “quality of life.” The thief, of course, is the Devil, who wants to rob all of us, taking away our joy, satisfaction, and feeling of self-worth, and wants to kill and destroy us.  Satan is so full of evil and hatred that he cannot even begin to comprehend or work anything good.  All good comes from God.  If there is any good in this world and in our lives, it is because of a very active God putting it there.  Without God’s hand constantly putting good into our lives, we would be consumed by the natural order of sin and decay that has infected the entire universe of God’s creation.  Satan, being in complete rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:4-17 and Ezekiel 28:1-19) has no good in him and cannot even conceive of good.  This is what happens when any creature (including humans) rebels against God and gets further and further away from Our Loving Lord, the source of all good, and being committed to and mired in their sin. 

So Satan, in his state of rebellion, is full of hatred and evil and has no concern or obligation to humanity.  He could care less if we suffer, and he probably enjoys our suffering.  Jesus, on the other hand, is speaking as God Himself as He was present at and active in the creation of the universe (John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:16), to include the act of creating man (Genesis 1:26).  Jesus was there at the moment when man was first lovingly crafted.  I write “lovingly” because the Godhead (the Trinity) made man in Their Image, wanting this new creation to be amazing and to have some of the substance of God in him or her (Genesis 1:27-28).  Moreover, if you read the account of creation, you see that God simply ordered or spoke into being all things, except for man.  When God got ready to create man, it was a very personal and loving act.  He didn’t just speak man into existence from His place on the throne.  In Genesis 2:7, we are told, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”  This sounds like a very personal act as God is shaping man with His Very Own Hands, and after creating the substance of Adam’s body, He gave him life by breathing into Adam the very breath of God.  You get the sense that God was “up close and personal” in this act of man’s creation.

Since Jesus lovingly made man, He has a deep familial connection to us and has an infinitely deep obligation and love to this creature, his crowning achievement, that He brought into this world.  Since Jesus created us, along with Father God, and the Holy Spirit, and since He is One with the Father in Spirit, then He has a Father’s or Master’s love inherent in His heart for all people that have been created past, present, and future.  He also has a High Priest’s love for the people He is serving (Hebrews 2:17 and Hebrews 4:13-15) and for which He serves as mediator between them and the Most Holy God.   Moreover, he has an older brother’s (Hebrews 2:17 and Romans 8:29) love for His younger siblings that He is bringing into the family of God  – all those that are cleansed by His Own Precious Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.  I could go on with all of the connections that Jesus has to people, especially His spiritual children, but suffice it to say that Jesus is wholly committed and obligated to our happiness out of His Measureless Love as opposed to Satan who has no obligation and couldn’t care less.  This understanding of the diametrically opposed attitudes of Jesus (The Good Shepherd) and Satan (the thief and the careless hired hand) is critical in grasping the spiritual battles we fight on a daily basis. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that you will walk in loving fellowship with your Awesome God today and that His Peace, Wisdom, and Joy will be upon you all.

 


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03/20/2017 3:46am

Parenting is a huge responsibility in the life .Every parent wants their child to be nice person in the life . Your article touches every aspect in the relationship of parent and child. May God bless all of us with love and care.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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