A story once circulated about a lady who took a necklace that her husband had given to her to Macy’s in New York to have the clasp repaired. He had purchased the necklace for he while they were on the mission field and she cherished the gift, not only because of the giver, but also because of the beauty of the necklace. She missed wearing the piece of jewelry and decided to stop into Macy’s one day and see if they would humor her and repair the necklace.
The gentleman at the counter was courteous and willing to repair the clasp. When he came back, much to her surprise he offered to purchase the necklace for $10,ooo. She thanked the clerk, but replied, “Oh, sir, I could not sell this necklace, it is a gift from my husband. The clerk furrowed his brow and said, Ma’am, I will give you $20,ooo. Her mind went into a myriad of reasons why should accept the money; the mission field, a much need new vehicle, and office equipment. He love for her husband prevailed and once again, she refused the handsome offer. The sales clerk excused himself with the promise that he would be right back. When he returned he told the lady that he had permission to purchase the necklace for $50,000. Quite overwhelmed at the size of this latest offer she called her husband for advise. They accepted the offer, but requested that they be told why the necklace was so valuable. The salesmen then explained that what she could not see was that on the beads of the necklace was inscribed “To Josephine, from Napoleon”
Friends, on the “necklace of our heart is inscribed “To you, my beloved, from the Lord Jesus” This is a gift from God, the jewel of salvation. The price that he was willing to pay is the shed blood of His only begotten Son on the Cross of Calvary. Each of us has the choice of refusing this offer or accepting the way, the truth, and the life. The way is acknowledging that no man cometh unto the Father but by me. The truth is that we are all sinners, there is none that doeth right. no not one. The life is everlasting, eternity in heaven instead of the much deserved Lake of Fire, which is called Hell.
Romans 5:12. Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; (separation from God) and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world (us) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Ephesians 2 8,9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…………
1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God