“A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Jesus is a good shepherd. He is not content to see his sheep barely survive. He wants us, his sheep, to thrive. He takes pleasure in energetic, robust sheep, not scrawny, anemic ones. So the pastures to which he leads us are verdant, lush, and green (Psalm 23), not scorched and brown. He spreads out a table, a true feast before us, not lunch in a brown bag. He does not ration our nourishment. Instead, our cup overflows.