This week we are looking at one of Jesus’ parables that is not quite so familiar and not so easily understood as some of the other ones. Have someone read you Matthew 13: 44-46 in an easier version of the Bible if you can. The story says that one day a man found a hidden treasure in a field. He left it hidden but went back to his home and sold everything he had to buy the field with the treasure hidden there. Then Jesus gave another example, saying that there was a merchant who was looking for fine pearls. One day he found a very good one, and he also went and sold everything just to buy the pearl.
Jesus said God’s Kingdom is like these two men. (How is that you and I might ask.) First, God sees the Church as a treasure – one God wants His Son to have. In order for Jesus to “buy” the treasure or the pearl, it will cost Him everything – His life upon a cross. But He is willing to give up His life to gain our salvation through His death and resurrection. So, we must realize just what a wonderful and glorious treasure we have been given ourselves through Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
Jesus wanted us more than anything else in the world, and He was ready and willing to do whatever it would take to buy our salvation. What a wonderful Savior we have to do that for us even when He knew we wouldn’t do things perfectly all the time and would make mistakes. He still wanted to give each of us the opportunity to love and serve Him, be forgiven of our sins when we do mess up, and finally live with Him forever in heaven. We can be assured from stories like these that Jesus truly loves us more than anything and came to save all those that put their faith in Him. Then realize too, that belief and faith in God is worth whatever we have to do to get it and keep it – no matter what it costs us. Amen.
Let’s pray. Jesus, thank You for loving us so much that You were willing to die for us. We don’t very often think of ourselves as treasure, but You do. Help us to do Your will and be good people, so You can be proud of Your pearls here on earth. Bless those who are sick and help us all to get along together. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church and the Middleport First Presbyterian Church. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author.