Text: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold (look!), I have graven thee (the Father’s elect) upon the palms of My hands; thy walls (defences) are continually before Me (Christ Jesus).”
Good morning, palm-engraved Christian! You and I are only true Spiritually regenerate Christian believers because Christ Jesus bore our vile sins away by His one time and victorious Sacrifice on Calvary’s cruel Cross. When the Roman nails pierced Christ’s hands to the Cross, you and I were ’graven’ (etched, engraved) into the hands of our Redeemer Lord and King - Jesus, the risen Christ. Hallelujah! We are Eternally saved!
“All that the Father giveth Me shall come unto Me; and him/her that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give unto them Eternal life (not temporary!); and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28)
Verse 10. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. These dear relations will be the last to desert me, but if the milk of human kindness should dry up even from their breasts, there is a Father Who never forgets.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 137)
Securely graven into the hands of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, we are Eternally secure!
Verse 10. “Then the Lord will take me up. Those are His love, His wisdom, His power, His Eternity, and all in His nature. To which four, add His promise, and you have the fullness of the assurance that can be desired.” (Robert Sanderson 1587-1662)
I wonder, beloved reader, have YOU ever suffered even a tiny cut to one of your hands, to one of your fingers? Of course you have! I have had many such small cuts, bruises and grazes over my 67 years upon this old earth.
Now, using your ‘sanctified imagination’, envisage the difficulty even a tiny cut to our hands/fingers causes us. We reach out to lift something, and we open the small cut in our fingers - and the tiniest wound smarts and causes us to winch with minor pain. We put our hands into water, and immediately we are reminded that we have a cut or a graze in that appendage. In other words, we are constantly reminded of the cut, and the manner in which we injured ourselves. Such injuries are a constant memory-jerking experience.
Now, come with me into the Heavenly Realms for a moment, and think of the risen Christ Jesus, and the terrible wounds He received in His tender hands, that day at Calvary. Nailed clean through His flesh and into the wood of that cruel Cross!
“As many were astonished at Thee; His visage was marred (scarred and disfigured) more than any man, and His form (His entire human body) more than the sons of men: so shall He sprinkle (with His precious Blood) many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” (Isaiah 52:14-15)
The disciple, Thomas, doubted the resurrection of Christ until the Lord appeared unto him and showed him His terrible wounds inflicted upon the Cross at Calvary. Thomas had stated, ‘…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 20:25)
But after the risen Lord Jesus again appeared unto the disciples, and said to Thomas, ‘…Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side; and be not faithless, but believing.’ (John 20:27)
“And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28)
The Lord Jesus has the nail prints and the scars of His Crucifixion in Heaven today! His wounds are a visible witness and testimony of His total Victory for us.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed (from all our sins).” (Isaiah 53:5)
“Behold (look!), I have graven thee (the Father’s elect) upon the palms of My hands; thy walls (defences) are continually before Me (Christ Jesus). (Isaiah 49:15-16)
“…thy walls (defences) are continually before Me” You and I are ‘graven’, cut into Christ’s Almighty and all-compassionate; and all-gracious hands. Therefore, He is constantly reminded of our needs and our welfare, and constantly watches over us with His protective care. We are continually in His thoughts and granted His love.