“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” (John 10:10).
“God is a good God; satan is a bad satan,” says Oral Roberts. Many have gained knowledge about satan but they have not understood that God is good, powerful and sufficient.
God calls satan as a thief and says that he comes to (1) steal, (2) kill and (3) destroy. At the same time, He mentions about Himself as “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”
In a foreign country, there was an actor who was famous in acting in Television programmes. But he was fully immersed in sinful life and was living short of mental peace. One day when he was urgently leaving home, unexpectedly a severe chest pain attacked him. He sat down with the pain and a divine vision appeared before him.
In that vision, he saw himself standing near the throne of God. On the other side stood satan and he said “send this actor with me. Having been caught in the mire of sin he is perishing and let me suck his life and pull him towards the hell.”
On the other side stood Jesus and He was so caring and was advocating “I created him. I shed my blood for him on the cross. Let him be given more moment of grace.” That actor was looking alternately at Jesus and satan. With this, he came back to his sense. At that time the vision of the cross twinkled in his heart. He dedicated his entire life to Jesus who had sacrificed His life for his sake.
God says “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (I John 5:12). The very aim of satan is to carry as many people as possible to the hell, exclusively made for him. So, he attracts the man with the sinful lusts, induces him to commit sins and brings death to his soul. “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20) “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
At the same time look up to Jesus Christ. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4, 5). Look at Jesus Christ who came to give life to you. Hold on to Him firmly. Do not get enticed to the wickedness of satan and lose the love of Calvary and the eternal life.
To meditate: “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself” (John 5:26).