Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Hands of Christ

No one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28

“I need a hand,” someone says. They don’t really mean they need the palm and fingers at the end of our arm. Rather, they need the aid our hands can give.

People wanted Jesus to give them a hand. Jesus’ hands lifted the disease and illness from many. Jesus’ hands blessed little children. Jesus’ hands were raised in prayer and praise. On the night He was betrayed, His hands washed the disciples’ feet and served the first Communion meal. Hours later, His hands were nailed to a cross. There Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” (Luke 23:46). Jesus’ hands did His Father’s work, and when the Savior needed a hand, He entrusted Himself to His Father in heaven.

Jesus’ hands help us too. He comes to all who need His loving touch. He dirties His hands with the work no one else would tackle, healing demoniacs, the sick, and the lame. He rescues us from the clutch of sin and death, forgiving our sins and lifting us to the Father. He holds us in His nail-pierced hands and promises us that “no one will snatch” us from Him or His Father (John 10:28–29). With such hands to hold and help us, we are safe—both now and for eternity. In His hands, we are healed and made whole.

Hold us in Your hands, O Jesus, and commend us into the hands of our heavenly Father. Amen.
Portals of Prayer - A Daily Devotion from Concordia Publishing House

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