Scripture: John 10:11–30 Sermon Title: Found Forever in Christ

Our scripture this morning was from John 10_ 11-30 and my text is from verses 27 and 28, where Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” I am sure we know that everyone and everything we love and value in life can be lost in a heartbeat! We lose our loved ones, friends, marriages, careers, health, and even our lives. But can we lose what Jesus has won for us through his great sacrifice on the cross? Can we lose our salvation? Can we lose God’s forgiveness? Can we lose God’s love? Can we be lost after we are found in Christ? One of our most beloved hymns is “Amazing Grace,” even though it refers to us as wretches—because the word grace remains so appealing we don’t bother about the wretches part: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now I’m found Was blind but now I see” Many years ago when I used to rent a Hertz rent-a-car in various cities to which I traveled, I was first introduced to the GPS, which Hertz referred to as a “Never Lost,’ indicating that if you programmed that instrument right, it would guide you wherever you were trying to go, and you would never be lost. Yes, it was pretty good and amazing most of the time. But you know what, sometimes that very GPS would get you lost. Everything man made is subject to error, of course. An often debated question among some Christians is, Can I be lost, then found, then lost again? Can I be blind, then see, then be blind again? Many genuine and loving believers in Christ say yes and find scripture somewhere that they believe supports their position—but the important question is, what does Jesus say? In John 10, Jesus teaches powerfully and unequivocally that God’s love for His people is forever. Why? Three Reasons God’s Love Is Forever 1. The death of Jesus was not in vain (vv. 11, 27–28a). In verse 28a Jesus says, “I give them eternal life and they will never perish.” Jesus did not die for nothing! The death of Jesus accomplished atonement, reconciliation, redemption and salvation. These words mean a lot that we won’t get into today, but try to remember them and study them so you will know what the Lord has done for us. a. Let’s just deal with our salvation in general. We believe we are saved by the redemptive blood of Christ. If you believe that genuine Christians can lose their salvation, then you believe it is possible that no one will be saved, that all will be lost and that Jesus died in vain—for nothing! b. But the Bible declares that Jesus’ death was not in vain. It was effective in bringing salvation to His sheep (John 6:35–40, 51). The very words of Jesus are powerful and undeniable. In John 6:37 He says, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to the riches of his grace, that he lavished on us.” The power of Jesus is not in question, as asserted in John 10: 28c–30, as He says, “Neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.” The Father has given the believers to the Son—we are the gift of the Father to the Son, John 6:37 says. The Son has purchased the believers for the Father—we are the gift of the Son to the Father. Someone says, this is a two-fisted salvation! Salvation is not just a gift that God gives to us, which is wonderful enough, but we are a gift exchanged between the Father and the Son. Salvation is not just something that belongs to us. But more importantly, we belong to Him. When will the Father take back the gift He gave to His Son? When will the Son take back the gift He gave to His Father? NEVER! If you believe that genuine Christians can lose their salvation, then you believe that God’s power is limited. But God’s power is not in question. As Romans 8:33–37 asks, “Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36……………………………………………… 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Jesus didn’t die on Good Friday so the whole world might get saved —only to get lost again. Jesus died on Good Friday so the whole church would get saved—and stay saved forever. There is no maybe, or hope so, or might be in the death of Jesus—only yes and know so and shall be.In Christ we are forever found and never lost again! Praise be unto our God forevermore.

***(Adopted and adapted from Dave Epstein’s “Found and Lost?” in Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Source Book 2013, pp. 159-61)

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