Jn.10:29,30 – My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

“How can you be so sure of yourself?” Comments like that tend to make one cringe. Maybe the secular world boasts about self confidence or believing in yourself, that’s not what we see displayed in the Lord. Jesus always was quite confident but we see why in today’s verse. Of course as God that would be quite appropriate but Jesus lived His life as a man for thirty three years. How could He be so confident in His actions and His decisions? Was it believing in Himself? This verse gives us the answer, His confidence was not self assurance but total dependency and trust in His Father. This was the source of everything Jesus said and did and as a result He was completely confident in His actions. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.

“His trust was something which traced everything back to God. He has just been speaking about his sheep and his flock; he has just been saying that no one will ever snatch his own from his hand, that he is the shepherd who will keep the sheep forever safe. At first sight, and if he had stopped there, it would have seemed that Jesus put his trust in his own keeping power. But now we see the other side of it. It is his Father who gave him his sheep; both he and his sheep are in his Father’s hand. Jesus was so sure of himself because he was so sure of God. His attitude to life was not self-confidence, but God-confidence. He was secure, not in his own power, but in God’s. He was so certain of ultimate safety and ultimate victory, not because he claimed all power to be his, but because he assigned all power to God.”

Self confidence is quite different from being confident in the Lord. One is depending on the limitations of your own knowledge and talent, the other is drawing upon the infinite resources of God. Jesus knew His works would be completed, He knew His disciples would ultimately stay true. All those He had chosen from eternity could not be stopped, they were in the Father’s hand.

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