For many students, it’s graduation time. Commencement speeches will be echoing throughout America in the weeks to come. What would Jesus’ commencement speech sound like if He was invited to give one?

What would He have to say to the young people getting ready to step out into the world?

Let’s give this a try. Could it be something close to this?

“My little children, I’m so delighted to be here with you today. As I look out at your bright and eager faces, I am reminded of the words of the Prophet, which say, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’

“Today, you stand on the precipice of a new chapter in your lives. You have worked hard, you have studied, and you have grown. You have learned the value of knowledge, the importance of community, and the power of faith. As you go forth into the world, remember also these powerful words from the Torah: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

“In your journey, you will encounter many challenges. You will face adversity, you will face doubt, and you will face fear. But remember, my dear ones, you are not alone. As the Psalmist says, ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’

“Congratulations, graduates. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.”

Do you have a better version? Give it a try and write up your own version of you think Jesus might want to say to today’s graduates and their families. Share these words with someone you know who has a graduate, or is one.

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Jeff Hagen
President & Founder
Hill Cities, Inc.

One Reply to “What Would Jesus’ Commencement Speech Sound Like?”

  1. Agree. However, 70 percent of high school students once entering a secular college lose their faith and rarely attend church again. Where is the foundation of their faith to begin with?

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