Look at His Hands

A LOOK AT HIS HANDS (John 20:27)

I remember when I was younger I would sometimes write things on the palms of my hands that I wanted to remember. It might be phone numbers, names, and answers to test questions (otherwise called cheating), as well as other things that I did not want to forget. Writing them on the palm of my hand was a sure way to have them close and “handy.”

Sometimes when things go wrong as they sometimes will…this might be something to help us still. When we are tempted to think that God may have forsaken or forgotten us, we need to remember that He has our names written on the “palms of His hands.” This assures us that He never forgets or forsakes us no matter how bad it gets. Observe what Isaiah says in the following verses.

But Zion (people of God) said, The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have INSCRIBED YOU on the PALMS OF MY HANDS….(Isaiah 49:14-16).

Our “names” signify that He never forgets us. But there is more. There are the “nails” in His hands that specify that He always forgives us.

Now Thomas…said to them, “Unless I see in HIS HANDS THE PRINT OF THE NAILS…I will not believe.”….Then He (Jesus) said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and LOOKAT MY HANDS…Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:24-27).

Our names signify that He never forgets us. The nails specify that He always forgives us. But there is more. The loving “nature” of His hands verifies that He never forsakes us.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND….(John 10:27-30).

Perhaps there are certain times in our own lives when we may need to literally write the words “look at His hands” on the “palms of our own hands.” That way we can “cheat” Satan out of discouraging us. Are we bothered by guilt concerning the sins of our past or maybe just doubting that God cares about us now? Do we think that Satan will somehow get the best of us? If so, we need to, “Look at His hands” (Jn. 20:27). Think about His hands. The nails in His hands reminds us of His pardon (Jn. 20:24-27). Our names in His hands remind us of His presence (Isa. 49:14-16). The loving nature of His hands reminds us of His protection. In other words, the “nails” remind us that we are already “redeemed”…the “names” remind us that we are always “remembered”…the loving “nature” of His hands remind us that we are already “rescued.”

A “look at His hands” will remind us of the following truth: “For He Himself has said, “I will NEVER LEAVE you nor FORSAKE YOU” (Heb. 13:5). Our sins won’t keep Him away because they are forgiven…look at His hands and see the nails. Our doubts don’t keep Him away…look at His hands and see our names. And no one can ever snatch us away from Him…look at His hands and see His loving nature. All some of us may need now is a…pen and a palm! Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

WE SHARE WITH THE HEIR

                                       

WE SHARE WITH THE HEIR
I heard about a rich man, who lived many years ago, who had a son who was about as worthless and wicked as could be. The son hardly ever did what he was told and seemed to care nothing for his father. He was always violating his father’s rules and he was continually in some kind of trouble. The rich man owned a slave named “Marcellus” and this slave was like a son to him and was always looking out for the father and taking care of him in every way he could. When the father died he left everything he owned to Marcellus. Marcellus was the heir of all that he had. When the will was read the Judge said, “Marcellus gets the mansion, all of the furniture, the land, the horses, the cattle, the saving account, the money in the checking account, the antiques worth millions, and all of my personal belongings (expensive clothes, jewelry, etc.).” The Judge continued reading and the last sentence said, “But since my son is my only blood relative and since I love him because of who he is, and not because of what he does, I leave him a choice of any one thing that I owned. He can have only one choice and Marcellus gets the rest of it.” The Judge said, “Son, what one thing that your Dad owned do you want?” The son never hesitated in answering, “I’ll take Marcellus!” Why? Because when he got Marcellus, he got it all. Marcellus was the “heir” of it all, and if he had Marcellus, he shared in all Marcellus had. The story may or may not be true, but it makes the point that I want to make in this article.
Jesus is the “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2). And when we have Jesus, we have it all. We are “heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). If I were to have only one choice, I would take Jesus! I want to share with the Heir.
Wayne

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The Super Bowl 2016

THE SUPER BOWL
Super Bowl number fifty is only a few days away. It will be played Sunday, February 7, 2016. It features the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. It is traditionally one the most watched television programs of the year with over 100 million viewers. It has almost become a national holiday in our country. I read where the ten most watched programs in TV history are all Super Bowls. In a culture that worships winners, the team who wins the Super Bowl will be heroes. The losers will be zeroes. The winners will reap. The losers will weep. In the Super Bowl there will be winners and there will be losers.
As Christians, it is an entirely different “game” with us. Every Sunday is a Super Sunday. We meet, not to play or watch a football game, but to celebrate a victory that has already been won. The Super Bowl champs get money, but we have something that money cannot buy. The winning Super Bowl team will get a Vince Lombardi Trophy that will serve to remind them in the years to come of the victory they have won. Every time they look at the Trophy it will remind them of the victory they won in the 50th annual Super Bowl. And every Sunday when we meet to gather around the Lord’s Table, and partake of the bread and the cup, we are reminded of the victory that has already been won for us by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (1 Cor. 11:23ff; Acts 20:7). Unlike the players in the Super Bowl, we are both losers and winners. We are losers because we can never get it right ourselves. We try to live right, but we always come up short (Rom. 3:23). Like all football players who miss blocks, miss tackles, fumble the ball, drop the passes, and sometimes run the wrong way, we never get it ALL right. But when we look at the scoreboard, the game is over, and we have won because of what Jesus has done. The Lord’s Supper, which we observe every Sunday in memory of the cross, is much like a Super Bowl Trophy…it serves to remind us that, even when we are losers, we are winners.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV).

Wayne Dunaway 
gandpministries.org