John 10:10 A CONTRAST BETWEEN A THIEF AND JESUS
In verses 1-5 Jesus gave the basic elements of The
Parable of The Sheepfold. In verse 6 John tells us that the
people who heard Him speak this parable did not understand
its meaning. In verses 7-9 Jesus started His explanation of
the meaning of the parable.
He spoke first about the door of the sheepfold
representing Himself. The sheep enter the door of the
sheepfold in the evening for protection during the night.
Then they go out through that same door in the morning to
find pasture and water. Jesus said, "I am the door." That
is if anyone will come to Jesus and place his faith and
trust in Jesus that will be like entering the door that
leads to heaven.
In other words, he will be saved. Then after being
saved, he will go out the door on a daily basis to feast on
the green pastures which the Lord will provide and to drink
of the thirst quenching waters to which the Lord will lead.
That is, after he is saved, he will enjoy the daily
blessings which the Lord has in store for him. He will
enjoy good things from Jesus both in this life and also in
the life to come.
In verse ten, which is our text today, Jesus enlarges
upon that thought of the Christian enjoying the green
pasture and enjoying the cool waters and enjoying all the
great blessing of God now that he is saved. In this verse
Jesus shows a great contrast between the thief in the
parable and Himself.
I. The coming of a thief
V. 10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and
to kill, and to destroy..." Jesus points out that the
thief does not come into the sheepfold for the purpose of
helping the sheep in any way, shape, fashion or form.
You will recall that in the parable the thief does not
enter in through the door. Rather, the thief sneaks into
the sheepfold at night by climbing the wall. In His
explanation of this part of the parable, Jesus points out
that the thief is not there to help the sheep. He is not
there to doctor the sick sheep. He is not there to pull
thorns out of their feet. He is not there to feed hungry
sheep. He is not there to give water to thirsty sheep.
Jesus gives three reasons why the thief comes into the
sheepfold. Jesus said first of all that the thief is there
to steal. He does not own one single sheep within that
fold. He is there to steal sheep which belong to somebody
else. He is there to take the property which rightly
belongs to somebody else and use it for his own selfish
purposes. This is the chief reason that he climbs over the
wall into the sheepfold --- to steal.
But Jesus said also that he is there to kill. He knows
when he goes in that he is going to have to kill. He will
climb the wall into the sheepfold and then he will kill one
or more sheep depending on how many helpers he has outside
the wall to help him carry them away. He will kill the
sheep and put them over the wall to his comrades.
In addition to killing the sheep that he plans to carry
away, he is prepared, to kill the porter if the porter tries
to stop him. He will not hesitate a moment to commit murder
in order to get what he wants.
In addition to killing and stealing sheep and possibly
killing a human, the thief is there to destroy. He may
cripple several sheep. He may overturn feed troughs and
water troughs. He may set fire to something inside the
sheepfold. He pretty well knows what he is going to destroy
when he goes in. He is there to steal and kill and destroy.
Please keep in mind, that while, Jesus does not mention
anyone specifically which the thief in the parable
represents. Yet , He intends that the people should see
that this is the kind of evil hearted people that His
opponents were. They really were not very secretive about
their efforts to kill Jesus. They made it clear to all that
they would try to destroy the lives of all who believe that
Jesus is the Christ. At the very least, they would expel
them from the Jewish synagogue.
II. The coming of Jesus
But the life and ministry of Jesus stands in sharp
contrast to the scribes and Pharisees who opposed Him. (V.
10), "...I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly." Instead of coming for
selfish, murderous, destructive purposes, Jesus had come to
He said, first of all, that He had come that men might
have life. He was not talking about mere physical human
life. That kind of life would soon come to an end. Jesus
came that men may have everlasting life. John 3:16 says,
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
To put it another way: Jesus came that lost sinners may
stay out of hell and go to heaven. He came to give Himself
a sacrifice for the souls of men so that men can repent of
their sins and trust in Him for the salvation of the soul
and go to heaven when they die.
But there is more. Jesus said also that He had not only
come that men may have life, but that they may have life
more abundantly. One who comes to Jesus and places his
faith and trust in Jesus and enters the door that leads to
heaven, he immediately starts having life more abundantly.
I am not talking merely about getting material things,
although it is true that the Lord will provide. Let me
point this out while I am at it. No matter how much grass
is in the pasture, the sheep benefits only from what grass
he eats. The Lord will provide His sheep with green grass
sufficient for their needs. In Psalm 37:25 the psalmist
said, "I once was young and now I am old. Yet have I not
seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread." The
psalmist David, in the Twenty-third Psalm, said, "The Lord
is my Shepherd; I shall not want." That is, "I shall not go
lacking what I really need." The Lord takes care of His
sheep. He feeds them. He clothes them. He provides their
But what Jesus is saying in His explanation of this
parable is that He will provide more than the mere
necessities of His people. He will provide for them a great
many of the niceties of life. The Lord enjoys seen His
people have things to enjoy just as a parent or grandparent
enjoys seeing their children have more than just the bare
necessities of life.
I think that many of you can testify to this in your own
life. I know that I can. I can truthfully say that God has
been good to me. He has been very good to me. He has
supplied not only my every need, but He has been extremely
generous to me in providing over and above the mere
necessities. Can you not say the same?
But the Lord provide much more for His people in this
life than just the material things of life. First of all He
provides a home for us in heaven. That is by far, more
important than anything else. He provides a mansion that
does not cost us a penny. We will never have to pay any
rent, taxes, insurance or upkeep. Let me tell you that by
keeping us out of hell and giving us a home in heaven, the
Lord is providing an abundant life for us.
Yet even in this life -- this side of he grave -- He
provides much more than the material things. There are many
things in life which are worth more than money. Every good
thing which we have is from the Lord.
III. How to have the more abundant life
Now in view of what Jesus said here in this text and in
view of the teachings of this parable, let me tell you how
to have the more abundant life. You can have the more
abundant life both in this world and also in the world to
First of all, enter into the door. Enter into the door
that leads to heaven by coming to Jesus and placing your
faith in Him as your Savior. You cannot enter into the door
that leads to heaven by getting wealth in life. You cannot
enter into the door that leads to heaven by turning over a
new leaf. You cannot enter into the door that leads to
heaven by works of righteousness on your part. In Ephesians
2:9 Jesus said that salvation is not of works lest any man
should boast. You cannot enter into the door that leads to
heaven by merely joining a church. Judas Iscariot was a
member of the Lord's church, but church membership did not
get him into heaven. You must place your faith in Jesus
Christ to take care of your eternal destiny. Stop trying to
save yourself and trust Jesus to save you.
Then after you have trusted Jesus and you have entered
into the door, travel with the Shepherd on a daily basis.
Listen to His voice through the Bible, the word of God.
Follow where the Shepherd leads. Let Him lead you to the
green pastures. Let Him lead you to the still waters. Let
Him lead you in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Let Him lead you into the paths of worship and into the
paths of service to the Master.
Let me assure you that if you do these things you will
be able to say with the Psalmist David, "The Lord is my
Shepherd; I shall not want." You will be able to say with
him, "My cup runneth over." You will be able to say with
Him, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The Lord has done His very best to convince you that
coming to Him and trusting Him and living for Him is in your
best interest. I have done my best to convince you that
trusting in Jesus is in your best interest.
But it's up to you. Only you can turn your heart to
Jesus and place your faith in Him to save your soul. Will
you do it while we have an invitation hymn? Who will come?
Will you also surrender to Him to serve Him and let Him have
His way with your life?