Our Lord's Hands
by Norman P. Spotts, D.D.
"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not" (Revelation 1:17).
The apostle John, upon seeing the glorified Christ in Revelation 1:13-16, is so overwhelmed with reverential awe and godly fear that he falls at Jesus' feet as dead. (Will not every believer do the same when seeing their Savior for the first time?) At that moment the Lord laid His hand upon him, telling him not to fear. The touch of the Master's hand does take away all fear.
We also find in Scripture that the Lord's hand is a hand of power. With His hand He raised Jairus' daughter from the dead (Luke 8:54-55); cleansed a leper by touching him (5:13); healed Peter's wife's mother of a great fever by touching her hand (Matthew 8:14-15) and brought life to the widow of Nain's son by touching the bier and commanding him to arise (Luke 7:14).
But the most powerful event of all time concerning the hands of our Lord was prophesied by David in Psalm 22:16, "They pierced my hands and my feet." Christ, by means of the crucifixion was "wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53:5). The piercing of His hands, His feet, and His side all give clear evidence of how much the Lord loved us in procuring our salvation. In addition, He used the marks to show the reality of His bodily resurrection. "Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands . . . and be not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27). These pierced hands will provide eternal evidence of His gracious provision on our behalf (Revelation 1:7).
"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). NPS