One evening, a Pastor visited one of the members of his congregation at his home. Bill had been a faithful member of the congregation for many years. He was dying of cancer, yet he never lost his love for the Lord Jesus.
The two men spent many hours discussing the faith and Bill’s illness. During their conversation, Pastor asked Bill a question.
“Bill, after your death, what would you say if you were sent to hell instead of heaven?”
This seemed like a strange question to ask Bill. Pastor had an idea what Bill would say, but he wanted to hear Bill’s answer. He knew that he would not be disappointed.
Bill wasn’t upset by the question. He smiled and looked at the pastor.
“Pastor, I’d sing a hymn and I’d declare that Jesus is forever Precious. I will never stop saying it.”
The pastor took Bill’s hand, a tear trickled down his cheek.
“Bill, you trusted in Jesus all your life and as your life is about to close on this earth, I know that in the courts of heaven you’ll join with the sacred assembly and declare that Jesus is forever precious.”
What a wonderful testimony of faith! Jesus is truly precious. He freely gave of himself for the sins of the world and his blessings are precious and wonderful.
He is the precious foundation of all faith. The Prophet Isaiah wrote;
“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion a stone, a precious stone of a sure foundation: Whoever believes will not be in haste.”(Isaiah 28:16)
Jesus is that precious stone upon which faith is built. Those who stand on this foundation and trust in him will not be disappointed.
Faith in Jesus is a precious gift worked in the hearts of believers by the Holy Spirit. May we hold fast to this faith and through all the circumstances of life declare as Bill did; Jesus is forever precious!”