Last week we looked at Jesus as our Good Shepherd, who knows us and calls us each by name, and this week we’re going to discover that we are held in His capable hand. Verse twenty-eight of chapter ten gives us a glorious promise that we, believers in Jesus Christ, have eternal life and will never be snatched out of Christ’s hand that holds us. What a reassuring promise! What a beautiful picture!
John 10 is a beautiful picture of how deeply and tenderly the triune God loves us, His flock. Throughout Scripture, God’s people are pictured as sheep. The psalmist of Psalm 95 wrote, “We are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Sheep are totally dependent upon their shepherd for protection, guidance to new pastures, and a myriad of other things. Likewise, we must be totally dependent upon our Good Shepherd and allow Him to take care of us. Because just as woolly little sheep have dangerous enemies and predators, so do we. Our enemy, the devil, is a thief whose sole mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. So let’s stay close to the Shepherd and out of harm’s way!