A Gospel Legacy for My Grandson

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“Read this one, Gramma. My book.” Those words were spoken by our 4-year-old grandson David as he chose a Bible story to be read before putting him to bed. The “My book” he was referring to was God’s Gospel. When I first gave him a copy, I explained that I had written it for him, and then read the dedication to him:

For my grandson,

David Glenn House.

May the words of this book help you to “taste and see” the good news of the Gospel in the hope that you would trust and treasure Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.

There are many legacies that I want to leave behind for my children and grandchildren. But by far the most important is a legacy of faith, grounded in the Gospel.  A rich, deep, biblical faith that knows and embraces the essential truths of the Gospel, truths regarding:

  • the holiness of God
  • His good and sovereign rule over us
  • the total depravity of man
  • the unmerited mercy of God
  • the incomparable worth and work of Jesus
  • God’s wrath poured out on His Son for our forgiveness
  • the meaning of true repentance and belief
  • the joy of eternity celebrating Jesus

I will be the first to admit that David’s book isn’t a masterpiece of storytelling. My words, illustrations, and explanations are not perfect nor can they adequately reflect the majestic beauty of the Gospel. It is simply this grandma’s attempt to explain the greatest news in the world to a young heart and mind. And though the some of the words and concepts are still beyond his 4-year-old comprehension, my hope and prayer is that God’s Gospel will begin to peak his interest in tasting and seeing that which is perfect and truly able to give him eternal life: God’s Word—the Bible.

“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”  (John 20:31).

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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