Gripped By God
“At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” – John 10:22-30
Jesus promised eternal life to those who believe in him. Eternal life cannot be taken away or lost. Jesus said, “no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father… is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” It gives me the visual of a busy place, many people, many distractions, and Jesus holds one hand and the Father the other. No one can snatch his children away.
Sometimes we think it’s about how tight we hold on to God’s hand but in reality, it’s Jesus and the Father’s grip on us that keeps us from ever losing eternal life.
“God thanks for your strong grip on my life. Thank you that my relationship with you is not dependent upon my grip but yours… and your grip is greater than all!”
– Pastor Dan