Hidden Treasure

Recently there was great excitement among
moviegoers as the latest version of the “Indiana
Jones” series hit theaters this past week.  The series
portrays the main character as a whip-cracking
archeologist who has an uncanny knack for
discovering priceless treasures – usually while facing
formidable foes and danger at every turn.  Doesn’t
that sound exciting?  (It almost makes you want to go
out and buy a fedora hat and bullwhip, doesn’t it?)
Finding something of great value would excite
anyone.  Did you know that the Bible speaks of
finding hidden treasure?

In Matthew 13:44 Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of
heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a
man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and
sells all that he has and buys that field.”
He added,
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a
merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he
had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all
that he had and bought it”
(v. 45)

Both of these parables speak of the joy that one has
when they discover the kingdom of heaven.  In the
parables both men made once-in-a-lifetime
discoveries, and each man gladly exchanged
everything he owned in order to obtain the object of
his devotion.  Similarly, salvation in Christ Jesus is of
such supreme value that we should be willing to
sacrifice all just to obtain it.  Jesus said, “If anyone
desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross daily, and follow Me”
(Lk. 9:23).

Friend, salvation is priceless.  Have you discovered it

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