Who likes to receive gifts or good news? I can see everybody sticking both hands up excitedly. My hands were the first to go up.
Everybody loves to receive good news.
I have great news for you! As a matter of fact, I have the best news for you! The world needs to hear this!
Think of all the possible things that would make you so elated if someone were to bring you good news right now. Your loan has been repaid in full, here are the keys to your new home or car, congratulations you are pregnant . Whatever it is, the news I have for you trumps that everyday, all year round. Do I have your attention now?
It has been said that some of the wealthiest people in the world are the most unhappy or the most miserable. Doesn’t that make you ponder? Yes, material things can aid in a better quality of life but can it give you true joy , true fulfillment or a true meaning to life? To be frank the answer is no, you’ll never be satisfied if your need for fulfillment is dependent on material things or what this world has to offer. No amount of money or riches can grant you true joy or fulfillment in life.
We have all felt hurt, disappointed, sad or robbed at some point in our lives. I’m sure none of us if we had the choice would want to experience any of those things again. What if I told you, you can have a life free from those things, free from the pain, free from the heartache, free from death, disease, depression etc? What if I told you, you can have that forever and ever? You wouldn’t be poor, there will be no sickness, there will be no pain. That’s what most of us are seeking anyway , but in vain. What wouldnt you give to have that for an eternity? I can hear most of us say “Hmmm for a life of pure joy, forever? There is nothing I’m not willing to risk for it.” Now that’s the right attitude to have ,because this gift is attainable; no gimmicks, no fine prints and it’s free of charge. Yes, you heard right! It’s free of charge.
Let’s unwrap the best gift ever given to mankind.
It’s a man , no it’s not Michael Ealy ladies think pure thoughts. God the Father saw a world that was so sick and dying. He loved them so much He decided He will not allow them to perish. God had, what we would consider the hardest decision of a lifetime, to make. He sacrificed His only begotten and beloved son to save the world. Ok this part might sound really sad but hold on there’s more. Borned in a manger, to a virgin mother. Blameless ,without spot or wrinkle, Jesus Christ came down from His glorious throne to die a gruesome death (just keep reading man) so that we can live with Him in eternity . His blood was shed to set us free from sin eternally. We are no longer slaves, we are free! That my friend is the best news anyone can receive.
God is real and His love for us is real. Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, (Let’s read it slowly and take the time to understand each word.) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God doesn’t want you to perish, salvation is the solution. It’s the best gift in the whole wide world, there is nothing better. Not only is salvation for our life here and now ; but it’s our vehicle into eternity. You make the choice to accept it or reject it.
Francis Chan once made an illustration of life on earth and eternity. He used a very very very long rope, let’s say 10,000ft long. The first 12 inches represented our life here on earth, the rest of it represented eternity. See we were tricked into thinking all that matters is in the here and now. Dont be fooled , all that matters is eternity. Where will you spend eternity? You make the choice, accept the greatest gift ever given to mankind and have everlasting life!