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My times are in your hands

April 21, 2018

The Verse of the Day for April 21, 2018 provides this comforting reminder that we are in “good hands”:

John 10:28-30:

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Jesus Christ assures his followers that beyond the claims of Allstate Insurance, we are not only in “good hands,” but we are in we are in God’s hands and nothing can snatch us out of His powerful and all-protective hand.

Not only does God, our Father, hold us in the palms of His hands, but the scriptures also reveal that He has tattooed us in the palms of His hands.

Isaiah 49:16 in the Amplified Bible makes this known:

16 Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.

New King James Version states:

16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.

Although tattooing is extremely popular today, what God has done for us is unique. KC Pillai, converted Hindu, who dedicated his life to enlightening students of the Bible regarding Orientalisms or customs and practices from the Eastern sectors of the world, explains that tattooing is the oriental way of remembering people expressed in Isaiah 49:16:

If you give a present, you may lose it, but if you tattoo something on an individual, you will never lose it. Therefore, we always remember you. They tattoo all over the arm different places, but never in the palm. The palm is too tender and delicate. It takes time to look for other tattoos, but here in the hand [there is] no time to look, just as open as your palm.

Pillai goes on to explain, “No man can engrave on palms, because the area is tender and the needle is hot and hurts too much.”

Every time God “does something with His hand” those whom He loves come to mind, for He remembers everything about them. God tattoos our names and faces in His palms—we are always before Him. Far beyond the lyrics of Willie Nelson, “We are always on His mind.”

In addition, the Psalmist also makes reference to God’s hands in this passage:

Psalm 31:14-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 But as for me, I trust [confidently] in You and Your greatness, O LORD;

I said, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in Your hands;
Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me.

16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me in Your lovingkindness.

The first part of verse 15 inspired these original lyrics:

My Times Are In Your Hand

There are times in life when I simply don’t understand,
When I cannot see the intricacy of your perfect plan,
When I’m tossed about and full of doubt,
When it seems I just can’t endure,
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hands.

My times are in your hands.
My times are in your hands.
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hands.

My times are in your hands.
My times are in your hands.
I submit every vision, each purpose and plan.
Though I may never fully understand,
I stand secure in knowing my times are in your hands.

It’s so comforting to know
My times are in your hands.
My times are in your hands.

The Braeded Chord offers a lovely song inspired by Psalm 31: “My Times Are in Your Hands”

The way, the truth, and the life

December 8, 2016

john-14-6

Revised and re-posted is this discussion of yet another metaphor used by Jesus involving three different aspects of the Son of God, as revealed in the Verse of the Day for December 8, 2016:

John 14:6 (NKJV):

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

In an article, “Who is Jesus? Seven facets of his life,” we discussed the seven metaphors found in John from which the following comments are taken:

In the opening verse of John 14 the disciples find themselves in a state of shock upon hearing Jesus saying that he is going away and they could not follow him to place where he is going. They were troubled because Jesus was talking about His death. They were agitated like water in a pot on a hot stove. Jesus told them that He is preparing a place in heaven. He is the means of bringing them to heaven to be with His Father. He is going ahead of them and will prepare a place for them and that he will return again.  Thomas, one of the disciples, asked,” “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

In responding to Thomas, Jesus uses another metaphor with three features: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Jesus is the way:

The way refers to a path or road or “way.”  Jesus declares that he is not only the way; He is the only way to the Father, as he elaborates that “no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Jesus is the truth:

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29). The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ.” Earlier in the Gospel of John, Jesus exhorted his disciples that if they would continue in his words that they would know the truth, and the truth would make them free. To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor.

Jesus is the life:

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly, he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. He is the embodiment of “the true God and eternal life.” You can paraphrase John 14:6: “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

john-14-6-poster

The photo of a poster displays the tri-fold metaphor of John 14:6.  This metaphor is brought to life with the Christian Praise and Worship song:  “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”:

The truth will set you free

January 15, 2016

John-8-32

The Verse of the Day for January 15, 2016 is found in John 8:31-32 (NLT):

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

Some of the questions that follow such a statement might be “What is the source of truth? How does one know the truth?” Jesus Christ also declared, “Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth.” Indeed, one of the metaphors used by the Savior to provide his followers with a greater understanding of his identity is expressed this way:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me. (John 14:6)

The following comments are taken from an earlier blog entry that examined this metaphor in greater detail:

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29).

The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. . . . To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

To close out our discussion listen to “The Truth Shall Set You Free” by Matt Mahler:

Final tri-fold metaphor: The way, the truth, the life

December 8, 2015

John 14--6

The Verse of the Day for December 8, 2015 provides another metaphor used by Jesus involving three different aspects of the Son of God, as revealed in John 14:6 (AMP):

Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

As the author of an article “Who is Jesus? Seven facets of his life,” I discuss the seven metaphors found in John from which the following comments are taken:

In the opening verse of John 14 the disciples find themselves in a state of shock upon hearing Jesus saying that he is going away and that they could not follow him to place where he is going. They were troubled because Jesus was talking about His death. They were agitated like water in a pot on a hot stove. Jesus told them that He is preparing a place in heaven. He is the means of bringing them to heaven to be with His Father. He is going ahead of them and will prepare a place for them and that he will return again.

Thomas, one of the disciples, asked,” “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” In responding to Thomas, Jesus uses another metaphor with three features: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The way refers to a path or road or “way.” Jesus declares that he is not only the way; He is the only way to the Father, as he elaborates that “no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29).

The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. Earlier in the Gospel of John, Jesus exhorted his disciples that if would continue in his words that they would know the truth and the truth would make them free. To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Way Truth Life

The photo of a poster that displays the tri-fold metaphor of John 14:6—“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

This metaphor is brought to life with the Christian Praise and Worship song: “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”: