I give them [My sheep] eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)
In the season of gift giving you’d be hard pressed to out-give Jesus! Having already given us the great gift of Himself, we dig down to the bottom of the gift bag and find, lying beneath a bit of tissue paper, one more precious gift from Jesus: eternal life! How could we have missed it!? There it was, wrapped up in the death and resurrection of Jesus! There it is, one more promise of life without end. A promise that those who are in Christ shall not perish! That Christ absolutely refuses to ever let you go. “No one will snatch them out of my hand,” He boldly proclaims. Almost sounds like a death-grip, but not quite. No, this one is a life-grip. Jesus grabs hold of us with the only hand that can pull us from death to life!
Good Shepherd, hold on to me. Amen.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)
Blinding to those who prefer the darkness of their caves of sin, but illuminating to all who believe and confess! Jesus Christ is the Light of the World! A light that shined brightly since before there was a sun, moon, or stars. The origin of light; Light itself! He shines everywhere! Clearly Jesus shines on your good days. The ones of celebration like a raise at work, a gathering of loving family, or an unexpected blessing. Brightly Jesus shines. But also, perhaps more so, in the darkness. Being in the dark has a way of making any light appear all the brighter. So to our darkness – our days we’d classify as bad – Jesus comes and shines! The day you lost your job, a family member, or some other unexpected pain. All the brighter shines Jesus! May we look to Him.
Shine Jesus, shine! Amen.