"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.John 10:10(NASB)
Jesus came as the GOOD Shepherd to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and He led out as many as received Him from the Jewish sheepfold to join His other sheep, His Gentile sheep. And there shall be one sheepfold and one Good Shepherd of the sheep, for there is now no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Jesus brought peace to Jew and Gentile alike through the blood of the eternal covenant, for our GREAT Shepherd of the sheep came to save all His people from their sins. Jesus laid down His life for His sheep so that all who believe on His name might be saved and have life and have it more abundantly. And one day He will return as the CHIEF Shepherd and when He appears, all His sheep will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
A thief in the earthly realm comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and while the Lord walked on the earth, there were many leaders of the Jews that sought to steal His position, kill the Son and heir of God, scatter the flock, and steal all that is His, but God's plans and purposes will never be thwarted by jealous men.
Throughout the Church age, many enemies, both physical and spiritual, have sought to steal, kill, and destroy the sheep in Christ's little flock, but we are not to fear, for none can pluck us out of His hands. We are all safe in the hands of our Heavenly Father, and the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. We who are all in Christ have already received the abundance of His life, and one day Christ Jesus will return, as He promised, to take us to be with Himself.
But a time of Great Tribulation, beyond this Church age is coming, when a final and terrible thief will come and try to steal, kill, and destroy both the people of God and His Anointed King. This is the time of Jacob's Trouble when a Christ rejecting sinful world will experience the wrath of God.
We are not appointed to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Good Shepherd Who will take us to the heavenly home He has prepared for all who love Him so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Thank You, Father, for Jesus the Good Shepherd Who laid down His life for me so that I might live with You forever. Thank You, in Jesus' name, AMEN.