In a few short days, you will be busy doing something you have looked forward to for a long, long time. No, I’m not talking about graduating, or getting out of school, or finishing up college for some, or leaving home for others. You will be opening up graduation gifts. If you are like most graduates, you will receive many gifts, some monetary, some material, such as things you will need at college, and some intangible gifts such as love, well wishes, and support. You will receive various gifts and congratulations and you will probably be overwhelmed. If you are a girl, you will spend hours writing nice thank you notes. If you’re a guy, your mom will probably spend hours writing nice thank you notes which you will sign and she will mail so it doesn’t look like you don’t appreciate the gifts.
But, as you graduate and move on to whatever life hold ahead, keep in mind that the greatest gift of all doesn’t come wrapped in a box, stuffed in a bag, or folded up in a card. The greatest gift of all was presented to us all, in the form of a sacrifice made on a cross. The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “That God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
The Bible tells us that the greatest gift of all time, God’s gift to us, was His one and only Son. His Son that came to earth, lived a perfect life, took our sins upon His shoulders, died on the cross in our place, so that we could be forgiven. I don’t know how a clothes basket, a coffee pot, a shower caddy, a fifty dollar bill, or even a new car to go off to college in could ever stack up to the greatest gift ever given.
The forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of eternal life in Heaven with God. Have you accepted that gift? I sure hope so!