For Sunday June 5, 2022:
HIS STRONG HAND
John 10:28 (NKJV)
[Jesus said,] “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
The scene is usually a cliff, a waterfall, a window ledge, or some other precipice, a fall from which would result in certain death. One person is hanging over the precipice, kept from falling only by holding on to the outstretched hand of another. Three things can happen to the one hanging over the edge: (1) the grip is unintentionally broken because of a failure in strength, (2) the grip is released intentionally because of malevolence, or (3) the person is pulled to safety through the strength of a rescuer.
One of the strongest images of the believer’s eternal security in Christ was painted by the Savior’s own words: “Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Too often, Christians feel that eternal security depends on their own strength, their own faithfulness, their own perseverance—their ability to hold on to the Savior’s hand. The opposite is actually the truth: it is Christ’s strength, Christ’s faithfulness, Christ’s perseverance—Christ’s ability to hold on to the believer’s hand—that keeps the Christian eternally secure.
When you wonder if you have been faithful enough, hold out your hand—and picture it enveloped in the strong hand of Christ.
Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?
C. S. LEWIS