“Give them a big hand for the fine job they’ve done.”
“I had a hand in that too.”
“You won, hands down.”
“Get your hands off me!”
Hands matter! Jesus promises us that we are held in his hand and also in his father’s hand. He claims that no one can ever steal or snatch us out of their hands!
Describing himself as our shepherd and us as his sheep he asserts, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”” (John 10:28–30)
That’s good news! Tragically, the religious leaders present miss that good news. Instead, they attack Jesus over a theological point and try to kill him.
“Jesus responds, ‘At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?’
“They replied, ‘We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.’
“Jesus replied, ‘It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.’
“Once again they tried to arrest him, but Jesus slipped through their hands and left them.” (John 10:31–39)
“Jesus slipped through their hands!” Smart, strong humans couldn’t grasp and hold Jesus, spiritually or physically.
Believers, so-called believers, and unbelievers often think they know better than God about how things work. That’s when God slips through our hands.
We try make God fit into our little boxes of religion, knowledge, customs, beliefs, education, atheism, agnosticism, science or legalism. But none of that stops God! The more we think we’ve got him figured out the more he slips right through our fingers.
This is for our own good. Thank God we can’t control God!
The really good news is that we can’t slip God’s hands. No one does, especially his sheep. Fact: his sheep hear his voice and follow him; will not follow a stranger; and no one will be able to snatch them out of God’s hand. (John 10)
Perhaps, he has slipped past your plans, expectations, will and understanding. Perhaps you feel let down by God.
If so, this is a great time forgive him and “baa” after the good shepherd; listen for his voice, and follow him with fresh faith. Jesus go out after the sheep baaing that’s lost. When found, nothing can snatch that sheep away from his love, forever.
“Giv’m heaven!”—John Parker
John Parker serves with Connections Simple Church of Chowchilla meeting 10 AM Sundays at Carty Center, 609 W. Robertson Blvd. Learn more at: www.simplechurchsuccess.com or contact John at (209) 564-7201