Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rich and satisfying life anyone?

John 10: 10-11

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. I am the good shepherd.

I had to look up original words and meanings with the text today. I wanted the full imagery for my small brain to visualize everything in this text. I wanted all of us to grasp exactly what Jesus was saying to us…yes, each of us!

Shepherd ~ Poimh/n it is that others have committed themselves to them

And it is the shepherd's duty to

  1. Watch for enemies
  2. To defend
  3. To heal the wounded and sick
  4. To find and save lost sheep
  5. Love them

Good ~ kalo/v means beautiful, handsome, eminent, precious, admirable

The scripture also tells us in verse 9 that Yes, I am the gate. The gate is the condition which must be complied with in order to be received into the kingdom of heaven.

I just love looking up the original words and meanings to give the stories even more meaning. Let's see….

The part about purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life. In the original the word was exwsin which means to exceed in measure, exceed more, further, superior…wow! What more needs to be said?

Let's put it all together…

Jesus came so that He could give us more, superior life … (more than we can imagine in our small brains) He is eminent and precious. The one that watches over us, defends us, heals us and puts our band-aids on, he searches for us when we leave Him and he loves us no matter what! All we have to do is go through the gate…We have to go through Jesus…We have to go by the one that is precious, defends us, heals, us, loves us…..So ….is this not the most beautiful image to keep in mind today along your journey? Talk about Jesus today with someone…Share His love for each of us with another. Share how He will heal your broken heart; how He will place the band-aid on your wound and yes, that He is pursuing each of us!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, thanks for all of the extra "digging" you did to share the word meanings with us.

Awesome thought to engage in today, talking about Jesus with someone. He is the Good Shepherd and also the Lamb that is Worthy to be exalted!