By Pastor Robert Jewett
You know Valentine’s Day is around the corner because everywhere you look you see Sweethearts® candies. Did you know that every year the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) sells a little over 8 billion Sweethearts® weighing in at roughly 13 million pounds? No wonder we see those little conversation hearts everywhere we look. Since 1866, NECCO has been using candy to communicate a message of love.
You may be amazed at the longevity of NECCO to communicate love for over a century and a half. While this is impressive for a candy company, it does not even remotely compare to the message of love that God has communicated to us through his Son for over two millennia: “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).
Some people mistakenly perceive themselves to be a good person. While they may think they are not as “bad” as some others they know, God rightly declares that there are none that are righteous, none that do good, and that all have sinned and fallen short of his glory (Romans 3:10, 12, 23). Yet, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). There has never been, nor will there ever be, a better communication of love. Perhaps the messages on those candy hearts this Valentine’s Day should say “Repent” and “Believe”.
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.