This verse reveals one of the most basic concepts in the Bible. It is amazing how many Christians think totally contrary to the basic concept revealed in this verse. Clearly, Jesus is contrasting the works of the thief (devil, Satan) with His (Jesus') nature. Look at the blatant comparison:
The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I came that they may have Life and have it abundantly. (NASB)
Steal, Kill and Destroy vs. Abundant life. How in Heaven's name can anyone miss this ????????
Is sickness and disease abundant life? Or would it be considered destructive? DUH!
Yet scores of Christians will hold to the lie that "maybe God had a higher purpose for the sickness (or other destructive event) in order to "teach" us something." Get serious! Can't they read? The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
Even the "Lord's Prayer" says "thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven"........so now we have a new insight into Heaven???...it has sickness, disease and other destructive events??? WOW! I can't wait to get there...how about you? Jesus said in John 14:2 .....I go to prepare a place for you. Is it any wonder with a theology like this, people don't want anything to do with Jesus? Who would?
Of course, if you know the truth, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE (abundant life) and that He came to destroy the works of the Devil (1John 3:8) (which is to steal, kill and destroy;) and that He always healed everybody that came to him in humility, then you would not fall into that Satanic theology and be deceived into believing a lie.
Here is the long and the short of it and it doesn't take a college degree in theology from some Cemetary....I mean Seminary:
God is good and wants to BLESS you with an Abundant Life because His nature IS LIFE.
The Devil is bad and wants to impose His nature on you because His nature is Bad, (Death and Lies)
If you want to have an abundant life, you have to know the truth which is revealed by Jesus and receive Him.....(The Truth)
Without Jesus, you have..........NOTHING.....forever......which is just what the devil wants you to have forever....with him!