In the Palm of His Hand

 

Theme: Nothing can take us out of the Jesus' hand.  Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Object: A yo-yo
Scripture: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28  (NIV)

Do any of you have a yo-yo? Do you know how to do any tricks with your yo-yo? I brought my yo-yo this morning. I thought I would give a little demonstration. I'm not really very good, but I can do a few simple tricks.

The first thing that most people learn how to do is just your basic "up and down." I'm sure that all of you can do that.

Next, I'll do the "out and back." As you can see, it is very similar to the "up and down."

My next trick is called the "sleeper." Do you see how the yo-yo stays down at the bottom and spins? When I am ready, just a slight tug pulls it right back up into the palm of my hand.

For my final trick I will do "Around the World." This one is a little bit more difficult and sometimes I mess up. Ready? Here goes! Oh wow! I really messed up on that one, didn't I? Well, no problem. I'll just pick up my yo-yo, rewind it, and then I'll be ready to go again.

Did you notice that every one of my tricks started and ended exactly the same way? Each trick began and ended with the yo-yo in the palm of my hand. Jesus said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." When we give our heart to Jesus and place our life in his hands, we know that we are safe and that nothing can snatch us from his hand. Oh, we may have our "ups and downs." We may even stray away at times, but just a little tug will pull us right back into His hand. Even when we really mess up, like I did on the "around the world" trick, he picks us up and dusts us off and there we are, right back in the palm of his hand.

Isn't it great to have the assurance that Jesus has put us in the palm of his hand and that nothing can harm us or take us from his hand!

Dear Jesus, we thank you for holding us in your hand and for giving us the promise that nothing can take us from your hands. Amen.