For Erasmus Jacobs, it was just another day. As the 15 year old wandered near the river on his father’s farm in South Africa, he noticed a stone shining in the sun. He casually picked it up and put it in his pocket. Later, he used it in a game of five-stones (or knucklebones). As he played, his mother noticed the shiny stone. She mentioned this to her neighbour and when he saw the stone, he offered to buy it. She said, “You can have it if you want it” – and she gave it to him.
Eventually it was sent to a mineralogist for examination. The ‘stone’ was found to be a magnificent diamond – 21.25 carat! The year was 1867 and the diamond was the first to be found in South Africa. It became known as the “Eureka Diamond” (eureka being a Greek word meaning “I found it!”). Cut to a cushion-shaped brilliant, the diamond is on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.
But…what made Erasmus pick the stone up in the first place? What caused his mother to take notice of it? What caught the neighbour’s attention? It was the stone’s shine. There’s a precious message here. Is there anything that shines out in this dark world like God’s love? Is there anything to compare with the love of the Lord Jesus, the “light of the world” (John 8:12)? He died to forgive our sins and wants to shine His glorious, eternal light into our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:6).
What a good thing Erasmus didn’t just walk past the shiny stone. Friend, have you found the glorious message of the gospel? What is your reaction? Don’t ‘walk past’ God’s offer of eternal life, and leave it lying there, as it were. It cost God His only Son. It cost the Lord Jesus His life’s blood.
You surely wouldn’t treat the gospel message as something to be picked up as a curious thing, and ‘played with’, like Erasmus did with the stone – or even ‘give it away’, like Erasmus’s mother? You would be saying, in effect, that God’s offer of salvation is for others, not for me. The treasure of eternal life is a ‘find’ far greater than all the diamonds in the world. Trust the Saviour today and let His glorious light shine into your heart!
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