“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!
But that is not all. In addition to His presence and help, which adds such immediate value to our lives, we have the certainty that the eternal life, which He has gained for us, commences the moment that we put our belief and trust in Him. Paul rejoiced,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17)
He was talking of a present reality, not just a future hope. So he would pray with such vision and meaning, based on his own knowledge and experience:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Eph 3:16-21)
This is the vision from God to all who believe.
Believe it, pray it, accept it and gratefully live it.
Practise 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.