My times are in thy hand
We would like to speak to you about the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our times are in His hands, wouldn't it be good to know what kind of hands the Lord Jesus has?
Hands are amazing things! With our hands we welcome people, we talk. We express with our hands. They are so important. When we look at the hands of Jesus they are calloused hands, strong with labour. He worked as a carpenter and, after Joseph died, in his teens he was the provider of the family. Manual labour in those days was looked down upon in that culture, because that was only for slaves and hirelings. Upper class, the nobility and Roman citizens didn't do manual labour. That was for the lowest of the low. But do you remember Jesus emptied himself? He came down from His throne and glory in heaven, God manifest as a human being, and he didn't mind working with his hands. And those hands are strong hands. But you know those hands are not only strong hands, but they are also secure hands. Jesus said:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-John 10:28 (KJV)
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
-Romans 12:5 (KJV)
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
-Matthew 8:14-15 (KJV)
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
-Matthew 8:2-3 (KJV)
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
-Matthew 14:15-20 (KJV)
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
-Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
-John 20:24-25 (KJV)
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
-Luke 24:50-51 (KJV)