No One Can Take Us From Jesus Because He Is God The Son- John 10

In this section of John 10 we see the continued conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders, but we also see some wonderful truths for those of us who have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus. This section culminates with Jesus making a clear claim to his Deity. This is the second passage in John that we see this. The first was in John 8 that I covered in Jesus Reveals A Huge Truth About Himself.

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Even after all of the miracles Jesus had performed, the religious leaders persisted in asking if he was the Messiah- Promised One.

“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

They asked. But they were not ready for the answer.

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.”

Jesus was not concerned with winning friends and influencing people as seminars will extol. He was and is interested in one thing- the truth. The truth- the religious leaders did not belong to Jesus. They were not his sheep.

Jesus went on to share some wonderful truths for his sheep. His sheep are anyone who believes in Jesus as their Savior.

He knows us. We can have relationship with him.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

He gives us eternal life.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish”

No one can take us away from Jesus.

 “no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Why cant anyone take us away from Jesus?

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

Jesus always referred to God as Father. His father. But Jesus did not leave it at that. He added something that is a clear indication of Jesus being God the Son.

“I and the Father are one.”

Here Jesus is claiming the truth that Jesus and the Father are one in perfect unity. Jesus is a co-equal member of the Holy Trinity. How do we know Jesus was making this claim? Look at the reaction of the religious leaders.

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him

“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

The question is whether we want to follow Jesus who gave his life for us when he died on the cross and defeated death for us, gives us eternal life, and relationship with God, OR do we want a religion.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Hold Onto Me by Lauren Daigle-Live

I shared this song a few months ago, but after watching this Live version, I want to share it again. I love this song. No matter how dark our valleys in life are, Jesus holds onto us.

Jesus has promised that he will never leave us. Jesus ALWAYS keeps his promises.

There may be times we feel Jesus has left us, but he has not. He is always with us, near us, watching over us. If we feel he has left us, it is because we are focused on our circumstances. Circumstances can be troubling, but they do not change the fact that Jesus never leaves us. No matter how dire our situation is, he is with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Find You Here by Ellie Holcomb

And I didn’t know I’d find You here, in the middle of my deepest fear
But You were drawing near, You were overwhelming me with peace
So I lift my voice and sing:
“You’re gonna carry us through everything!”
You were drawing near, You’re overwhelming all my fears with peace

No matter what we experience, we can find Jesus in the midst of our struggles.. It surprises us when we find Jesus in our valleys of life, but it is actually Jesus keeping his promise. Jesus said in Matthew 28:

I am with you always

There is never a moment, an experience, that Jesus is not with us. In any problem, Jesus is with us. We can look to him in all situations.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- He Will by Ellie Holcomb

When we experience difficulties in life, a normal reaction is to wonder if God will help, if God cares, and if God sees.

If we take a moment in such times to remember how far God went to provide a way for us to be forgiven and brought into relationship with him, the answer is yes he will, yes he cares, and yes he sees. Jesus died on the cross for us. That is how far God went on our behalf.

Sometimes he works quickly, sometimes we wait, but God works on our behalf.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Marvelous Light by Ellie Holcomb

 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus spoke those words recorded in John 8; He came to our light in this life. He came to show us God. He came so we could be freed from the pitfalls of this life.

If life seems dark and hopeless, that is not from God. John also wrote in 1 John 1:5

 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

With God there is hope, light, and love. He wants us to come to him when we are confused, depressed, anxious, struggling.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- In The Arms by Terrian

The arms of Jesus were stretched out on the cross because of his love for us. He died for us so we could be forgiven. Jesus defeated death for us and his arms are open to us. Whatever problem, trouble, we face, Jesus invites us to come to him.

Even in death we do not need to worry. Jesus has his arms open to us to welcome us home. That is why in 1st Corinthians 15 it says:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus shares his victory over death with us. Jesus calls us to himself. He has promised to always be with us. There is never a moment Jesus is not with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- My Jesus by Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is a new fairly new artist. I read a bit about her. She posted a YouTube video covering What A Beautiful Name after he brother died in a car accident. I love the lyrics of her song My Jesus:

Are you past the point of weary?
Is your burden weighing heavy?
Is it all too much to carry?
Let me tell you ’bout my Jesus
Do you feel that empty feeling?
‘Cause shame’s done all its stealing
And you’re desperate for some healing
Let me tell you ’bout my Jesus

Jesus told us in John 16 that there will be problems in this life but that also comes with the encouragement to cheer up because he has overcome the world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We can look to Jesus in any situation. He invites us to do so.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

When Christians Die

This morning a celebration of life will be observed for a woman who was part of my Life Group from church. She passed away and entered the presence of Jesus on Good Friday shortly before midnight. My first thought was what an Easter celebration she had. 🙂

Her final days in hospice care provided some poignant moments. One that I will never forget was bringing some grape juice and gluten free crackers to observe communion with her, her family, and a few Life Group members. I sat near her and read scripture to her, played some worships songs, and prayed as we shared communion.

When a Christian friend passes away, I am always mindful of what Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 about grieving:

brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope

Even in death we have hope because of Jesus. He defeated death for us through his resurrection. The plan is already set for our resurrection which Paul wrote about in 1 Thessalonians 4:

 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

When a Christian dies, our spirit/soul enters into heaven enjoying eternal glory but we also wait for that day our bodies will be resurrected. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:8:

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

and home it is.

So as we celebrate my friend’s earthly life, I will be mindful of the truth that she lives on in heaven and is much better off than I am at the moment. I will also remember that for Christians death is not goodbye. It is see you again.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- The Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb

That Your love will never change
That there’s healing in your name
That You can take broken things
And make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
And make them beautiful

I love these lyrics in The Beautiful Broken by Ellie Holcomb. Jesus takes our broken lives and makes something beautiful in our lives. He brings healing and forgiveness to us. He defeated death for us and through the power of his resurrection we can have new lives.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.