When I was a growing up my parents would take my brothers and I to an incredible water park in New Jersey called Action Park over summer break. This water park had every imaginable water ride and slide. The time leading up to our day at the water park was filled with anticipation and excitement. The night before, I would find myself so overwhelmed with joy that I could not sleep. For a 10 year old boy, the water park was heaven on earth! Perhaps you have had a similar experience. Maybe it was on the night before your wedding or the night before your first child was born.
In John 10:10 Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Jesus came to bring us a rich and satisfying life, more and better life than we ever dreamed of. A life of happiness, fulfillment, purpose and satisfaction.
You and I were born into this world with “bios” or physical life. What we lack is “zoe” or spiritual life. John, one of Jesus’ closest disciples wrote, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Jesus explained to a man named Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again” (John 3:3) in order to experience the Kingdom of God. Jesus came into the world to bring us true life.
The word “abundant” means to have more than enough of something. It is a certain quality of life, a superabundance of life. The word describes a cup that is overflowing. This is the life you and I were created for…a life overflowing with joy, peace, love and hope. You and I were created for zoe, not just bios.
This world is a thirsty place. We are all looking for happiness and satisfaction. It doesn’t matter if its fantasy football, a holiday sale, alcohol, food, sleep, drugs, or pornography. It was Blaise Pascal who wrote “All men seek happiness. This is without exception…the will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even those who hang themselves.” Ultimately, our water park experinces are a foreshadowing of the Real Thing we were made for.
Jesus offers this invitation to all, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” (John 7:37-38)
True lasting, satisfying life is found in a relationship with Christ. Will you turn to him?