John 10:27-30 - The Verses Project

Bible John 10:27-30

Posted February 17, 2014

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.

What powerful words spoken by Jesus! These are not the words of a hired hand, who runs as soon as trouble shows his face. Rather, they are the words of a strong and loving Shepherd who protects His own in the midst of trouble. A few observations about Jesus the Good Shepherd in these four verses:

He speaks, knows, & leads.

We are told that Jesus’ sheep hear His voice, that He knows them, and that they follow Him. These are all indications of a relationship. Jesus sees Himself as one who speaks, knows, and leads His own. He expects to be intimately acquainted with His sheep, and we should expect the same!

He gives eternal life.

Jesus sees His role as the One who provides life to His sheep; not just temporary life, but the eternal kind that never knows an end! The implication of this is that without Jesus, the sheep perish; with Him is life everlasting.

He holds & protects.

Not only does Jesus give eternal life, but He also holds His own and no one can snatch them from His hand. What a promise to lay your head on! Though troubles may come, thieves and wolves may prowl, if you belong to Jesus’ fold, you are safe in His hand.

He receives sheep from His Father.

We learn that the Father gives the sheep to the Son. The Son is not operating as a Lone Ranger, doing whatever He wishes, but rather is doing the will of His Father who sent Him (John 5:30). In John 6:29, Jesus reveals that He does not lose one whom the Father gives Him. Not only does the Father give the sheep to His Son, but the Father also holds them. How is this possible? Did not the verse teach us that Jesus was holding His sheep? Whose hand is really doing the holding? This leads to the next and final point.

He is one with the Father.

Jesus tells us that He is one with the Father. Who holds the sheep? The Son or the Father? Based on these verses, the answer to this question is “yes.” We are held in our Triune God’s strong hands, and in this beautiful mysterious holding and union, we rejoice!


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