There is a story about a son of a very wealthy man who expected to receive a sports car for his graduation. Instead, his dad called him into his study, told him that he loved him and handed him a wrapped box. When the son opened it, he found a leather bound Bible with his name inscribed on the front.
Angrily, the young man tossed the box on his father’s desk and stormed out saying, “With all your money, all you can give me is a Bible!”
They never spoke again, despite the fact that the young man’s father tried desperately to contact him.
Years later, the son got a call to say his Dad had died, leaving him everything.
As he was going through his father’s belongings, he found that Bible still in its box.
Curious, he took the Bible out of the box and opened it. The page fell open at a passage his father had marked. And as he looked at the page, he noticed that his Father had underline Matthew 7:11 “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father give what is good to those who ask Him.”
And as he read it, a car key fell from inside the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name on it – for the sports car that he had wanted years earlier.
On the tag beside his graduation date were the words: “Paid in full. Love, Dad”.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It's the season when we remember God’s great gift to us – the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost was originally the celebration of the Wheat Harvest. It was the second major festival of the Jewish year, after Passover. Every faithful Jew from all nations gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate this festival, offering back to God with grateful hearts the first fruits of their harvest.
Jesus was crucified at the time of Passover. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. On the day of Pentecost, 50 days later, it became more than a celebration for the harvest of wheat. On that day the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples.
God sent His Holy Spirit so believers could have the comfort, guidance, and empowerment of God’s presence. The Heavenly Father’s great gift to you!
Imagine as Your Heavenly Father says to you: “Paid in Full! You need never worry. I am with you always."