As I watched Jon Blake, my great-nephew, parade down the aisle of his church as he was being honored for graduating from high school, I caught a glimpse of his grandparents, Kenneth and Cindy, holding hands. I quickly snapped a picture thinking that I would one day write a blog about those hands. I have tried for a couple of months to write about that picture but no words would come. However, once again, God came through. Last Sunday, as I listened to Bro. Davis preach a sermon on the hands of Jesus, thoughts began to surface.
Bro. Davis discussed a few attributes of the hands of Jesus. He used scripture to show us how Jesus’ hands are providing hands; they always take care of us. He pointed out how Jesus’ hands are protecting hands; they protect us from harm. He explained how Jesus’ hands were prosecuting hands; Jesus will be the judge on judgment day. Jesus also has pierced hands; holes from the nails that were used as he was crucified on the cross. And lastly he revealed to us how Jesus’ hands are pleading hands. Jesus is always pleading with us to trust in Him and to walk closer to Him.
As my thoughts drifted back to the hands I had photographed, I concluded that grandparent’s hands have several similarities with Jesus’ hands. For instance, grandparents provide for their grandchildren. Just as Jesus fed the 5000 in Matthew 14, grandparents will always try to make sure that their grandchildren have food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to live. Grandparents will always strive to protect their grandchildren. Grandparents do not prosecute or judge in the same way that Christ will; but, Godly grandparents do correct their grandchildren when they are wrong and they try to lead them in the right direction. Grandparents have pleading hands just as Jesus did. They are always praying for their grandchildren and trying to lead them to the Lord.
However, there is one major difference between God’s hands and grandparents’ hands. Grandparents’ hands are not pierced. Even though a grandparent might be willing to give up his/her life for a grandchild, he/she still cannot save their grandchild from spending eternity without the Lord Jesus Christ. Only the pierced hands of Jesus can make the difference between heaven and hell.
As I think back to that Sunday morning, I can recall the love that showed on Kenneth and Cindy’s face. I can still see the pride that showed on their faces as they watched their oldest grandson being honored for this great accomplishment, high school graduation. I can almost feel the nervousness that showed in their tightly joined hands and even more so in Kenneth’s death grip on the church pew. For 18+ years, they have helped mold Jon Blake into the young man that he has become. They have spent countless hours supporting him on the basketball court and the baseball diamond. They have been there to watch all of his church and school programs and performances. They have entertained him and his friend’s weekend after weekend. And they have done all of this with joy. They have happily supported him in every aspect of his life. But regardless of all they gave him, there was that one thing that they could not do for Jon Blake. They could not make the decision for him to become a believer. That choice had to be his. And thank the Lord, he has made that choice.
So although grandparents love and support their grandchildren; and although they provide for and protect their grandchildren, they still cannot save them. Although they lead them in the right direction and plead with them to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they still cannot give them the one most important gift that a child needs. Grandparents cannot provide the gift of eternal life. This gift can only come from God. As Jesus said in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And a man cannot be born again without believing in those nail scarred hands.
This is Nana Nancy, Let Jesus be YOUR Guide as you enjoy YOUR ride!