Lessons from Jesus

Valuable Treasure

Matthew 13:44,45The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field…  it is like a merchant in search of fine pearls…

Jesus continues to explain the complexities, through simplicities, of the kingdom of heaven. Because, realistically, how do you convey the wonder, the glory, the nature, the power and the cost of this unfathomable kingdom to everyday people? How do you portray heavenly truth to earthly minds? Those listening to Jesus had grown up with the words of the Tanakh and the Torah teachings. They knew the stories of their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but probably felt very far removed from the God of that time; a somewhat unobtainable and unseen God.

Yet, the unobtainable was a tangible presence, right in their midst, hidden in plain sight; they just needed to open their eyes. So, Jesus asked them to imagine a man who, coming across a hidden treasure, immediately recognised its worth and in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Not wanting them to get caught up in the quantity of the treasure, He asks them now to imagine a merchant who searches out only the finest of pearls. In his search he comes across a single pearl, whose worth seems to have alluded everyone else who has seen it. In understanding its value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

How many that day could see the hidden treasure standing before them? I am sure there were those who were searching and maybe even some, like the twelve, who were willing to give up the life that they knew for a new life with Jesus, but He wanted them to understand the cost. But then, more than that, He wanted them to realised that the gain far outweighed the price.

Are you willing to give up everything for Jesus? The cost may well be great but the reward is priceless.

1 thought on “Valuable Treasure”

  1. Thank you Carolyn for this word this morning just what I needed to hear. A follow on from pastor Malcolms teaching yesterday on the surrendered life

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