The venue changes . . . but the debate continues. There’s a break between John 10:21 and John 10:22. No longer are they standing in the after effects of a blind man given sight and listening to Jesus speak of a Good Shepherd and His sheep, but now it is winter during the Feast of Dedication. And they are in Solomon’s colonnade in the temple. And the Jews are getting frustrated, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (10:24).
I did tell you, says Jesus, but you do not believe. In fact, I have also shown you many mighty works done in My Father’s name, but still you do not believe. They were deaf to His words because of unbelief . . . they were blind to the signs that testified of Him because of unbelief. And here’s why, says Jesus, “because you are not among My sheep” (10:25-26).
And though the time and place have changed, the conversation is about the same thing. Sheep. Sheep you hear the Good Shepherd’s voice. Sheep who are are known by the Good Shepherd. Sheep who follow where the Good Shepherd leads. Sheep you are given eternal life and will never perish. And sheep—this is the one that’s got me thinking this morning—who are in a double fisted grip.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand. I and the Father are one.” ~ Jesus (John 10:28-30 ESV)
Jesus says that He has given eternal life to those who believe in Him and no one is able to pluck them out of His hand. Jesus also says that those who believe have been given to Jesus by the Father, who is greater than all, and that nothing has the power to seize them from the Father’s hand. Those who hear and respond to the Good Shepherd’s voice, . . . those who follow, . . . those who are known by the Savior, . . . are those who are in the Son’s grip and in the grip of the Father who gave them to the Son. That is a double fisted grip.
Called by the Father, saved through the Son. Given by the Father, redeemed to be His own by the Son. Secure in the Father, doubly secure in the Son.
Such is the nature of the salvation freely given to all who believe the words and the works. To all who humble themselves as sheep, knowing they’ve gone astray . . . confessing that it was their sin which was laid upon the Shepherd, that they might be healed. Theirs is an eternal salvation . . . a secure salvation . . . a sure salvation . . . because it is bound by a double fisted grip. No one able to snatch a follower of Christ from Jesus’ hand . . . no power great enough to remove them from the Father’s hand.
And Jesus does the math for them. If no one can snatch His own from His hand . . . and no one can snatch those who are His from the Father’s hand . . . then, says Jesus, “I and the Father are one.”
I am secure this morning in the double fisted grip of the Triune God. One God . . . Three distinct Persons. Forever in the Father’s grip . . . forever in the Son’s grip . . . all through the abiding presence and eternal seal of the Spirit’s forever anointing (I read about that too this morning in 1John 2:26-27).
Sweet resting place . . . His double fisted grip.
By His grace . . . for His glory.