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A Sermon on John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (ESV)

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What does the average person think of Christianity? According to The Doctor, a simple survey would reveal that people commonly believe Christianity is nothing more than a set of chains on one’s life. The average person views Christianity as a prison cell from which one is chained to laws and moral restrictions that steal his very life from him. This is unacceptable to the non-Christian. He wants to experience life! His desperation to experience life leads him to leave the tranquility of the countryside for the life which the city offers. He does this not knowing that the city is a thief, it will offer pleasures that rob him of his life and ultimately destroy his soul. Why does the average person think this way? Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones explains that he has a wrong view of life. Life is eternal. Life is found in the soul of man. A soul that is born into sin and in need of salvation. Thus, in John 10, Jesus proclaims that he came as the true shepherd to bring life and bring it abundantly to his sheep. Life that will be eternal and can be lived in glory with God and Christ forever through the forgiveness of sin that he provided on the cross.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 10:10, New American Standard Bible

10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:10, King James Version

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.