John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
Protection is a great thing. So much around us is geared for our protection. Genesis chapter 1 gives us the account of creation. God put a firmament around the earth. He knew we’d need breath to breathe. Some of creation breathes out what we need to breathe in. What we need is supplied and the atmosphere keeps in in check. We take our skin for granted. It’s a major organ of the body. When it’s cut we’re open to infection. It protects us. God has done great things to protect us.
When it comes to the salvation God provided, he made it sound. Every part is perfect. It took the Trinity to make it happen. The Father loved us and sent his Son. The Son had to be willing to come. He did come and overcame through his life, death, burial, and resurrection. He overcame it all to purchase salvation for us. The Holy Spirit convicts and when a person is saved He regenerates him so that he is born again. The Father places that person in his family.
We don’t believe on the Son of God with just our mind. We believe to the point of trusting and opening our heart and soul. We give the ugly part of ourselves to Jesus and trust him to save us. And he does. We know him by entering into a relationship with him. Jesus told his disciples to call him friend. So we enter into a friendship with Jesus. It’s crazy to say we’re not going to open ourselves all the way to him and hold back something. When we get saved we do not go our own way and think we can still follow Jesus. It doesn’t work that way. That would be like God sending Jesus. He agrees to come but then the Holy Spirit refuses to do his part. God doesn’t work that way.
We know the voice of the Lord. Adam hid when he heard the voice of the Lord. After he sinned he was afraid because he saw his nakedness. We were afraid until we believed. Now we want the Lord to speak to us. The more he speaks, the more assurance we have. Verse 27 says My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. He leads. He’s he Master. We don’t lead him around. Follow him and we’ll be safe. He gives us eternal life. (v 28) Look at the protection. If this body is destroyed, we have eternal life. The devil cannot take your soul. The IRS may take your money. Congress may take your freedom. They cannot take your salvation.
Our loved ones gone on are safe with the Lord because they were saved. I see “safe with Jesus” on more tombstones than any other saying. We will be safe then but God wants us to know that if we know him, we’re safe right now. Let’s trust what we believe. It’s not our power, but God’s. Our safety is in the Lord. Talk about insurance! God’s plan is perfect with 100% coverage and no deductible. Jesus paid it all. Enjoy salvation. Don’t act like the Lord is feeble and weak. He is not. Trust him. If you get sick with the flu, you’ll still have your salvation. You’ll make it. Your body may not work just right, but you can rejoice that you’re saved. I may get to where I can’t talk at all, but I can still be happy.
We have assurance we’re safe with him. Assurance 1 is in verse 28: neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Assurance 2 is in verse 29: My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. Doubly safe. We’re in the hand of Jesus and the hand of the Father. Why? How? Verse 30 gives us the answer: I and my Father are one.
Let’s enjoy being saved. Let the devil and the world laugh all they want. Do what the disciples did in the midst of their troubles: preach Jesus. All of the disciples lost their lives but they live on. They are in heaven. This security gives us the courage to face the coming week and all the days to come. Doubly safe.