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Scripture: Philippians 3:12 | John 10:28-29
Broadcast date: 10/26/2015

“His Grip Don’t Slip” Do you hold the hand of someone you love and care about such as your children, grandchildren, niece, nephew, etc. while crossing the street. You hold on tight so that they can’t get away and get hurt. Well that is exactly what Jesus does for us. Jesus holds us in His hands and then the Father in Heaven, clasps His hands over the Son of God’s hand. Wow, talk about being safe!

I have a little grandson, Jesse. He’s the sweetest, dearest little guy you ever laid eyes on. And sometime when we are uptown we have to cross the street. Where I live, crossing the street is no small matter. Our town is a biblical town in that when you cross the street it’s definitely a matter of separating the quick and the dead. So when we cross the street do you think I say, “Now Jesse, you hold on to my hand.” Do you think I’m crazy? No sir! I don’t ask him to hold my hand. Believe me, I hold his hand. There isn’t a chance in the world of that little fellow getting loose from my hand. In other words, he doesn’t hold me, but I hold him firmly.

You know what? That’s precisely what happens when we take Jesus to be our Savior. I don’t hold His hand, He holds mine. St. Paul stated that very fact when he declared, “Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12. To be more exact, this could be rendered, “Christ has a grip on me.” What a blessed truth. I don’t hold onto Jesus. Jesus holds on to me. Praise God for that!

If my eternal soul rests in my holding onto Jesus, it’s a risky business. Believe me! Because I may become distracted and lose hold, but Jesus is holding me and His grip don’t slip. Once Jesus is holding us, we can never be lost. We can’t lose ourselves because Jesus is greater than we are. As a matter of fact, even the dirty old Devil can’t take us out of the Savior’s hands.

Listen to Jesus assure us of that glorious fact in John 10 when He says, “And I give unto them eternal life. And they shall never perish. Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Hallelujah! But that’s not all, read on in John 10:29 the next verse. “My Father which gave them me is greater than all. No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hands.”

How do you like that? Jesus holds us in his hands and then the Father in heaven clasps His hands over the Son of God’s hands. Talk about being safe! And you tell me I can lose my salvation? You are barking up the wrong tree buster. Thomas A Dorsey puts it just perfectly when he writes.

“Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on let me stand
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home. “

Does Jesus hold your hand? It’s your choice and I pray to God that you will take it.