“Now then, says our God, as to you, His jewels, I will spare you as a man spareth his own son that serveth him, and that is never.
“I tell you, my dear friends, you are God’s jewels, and when you come before Him on that last great day, He will look upon each one of you as if you were the only jewel He had. He does not bunch the whole world together and say these millions of people are My jewels, but He takes your daughter. He takes your son. He takes your father, He takes your mother, and places you in the palm of His hand, and among all the people in all the world He says, You are My jewel, and as a father spareth his son (not sons) an only child, so will I spare you; you are Mine only.
“Oh, it means something, dear class, to be created in the image of God; it means something to have a soul that came out of the mouth of God; it means something to know your value. If I could only impress two thoughts upon you today, I know that you would be safe for life, on the Judgment day, and forever. The one is your great value; and the other is the eye of God in mercy open over you every moment.
From The Eternal Epistle. By Simon Peter Long. “Jesus’ Jewels” A confirmation sermon on Malachi 3:16-18.