Hidden Treasure

NAU Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

During this time, it was not unusual for people to bury their valuables in the ground. Probably the previous owner placed it there and died without anyone knowing about it. The current owner was oblivious to the treasure he had. One day a man must have cut through this field and “stumbled” upon it. He realized the true value of this treasure. With joy, he sold everything that he had so he could buy this field.This is a beautiful picture of God’s kingdom. To follow Christ is worth giving up everything, but in reality you lose nothing of true value, but gain things that you would not be able to otherwise (treasure in heaven, relationship with the creator of the universe, joy..).
Mark 1:16-20 As Jesus was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.
Like the rapper Lacrae says, “Jesus used some fisherman that people thought were hazardous.” Jesus used these rough characters to be a powerful witness for Christ, because they were willing to leave everything and follow Jesus completely. They understood that this life is temporal, eternity is forever.
Mark 10:29-30 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.

It is very valuable

Picture in your mind a fisherman. Who do you think of? Is it a few good ol’ boys sitting around a camp fire, frying their fish, telling fish stories, and saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this?” Is it toothless redneck named Bubba skimming across the lake in his Skeeter bass boat? What comes to mind with me is a burly man. One that has not shaved for a month. You can smell him before you see him. I can even see a scowl on his face, and when he opens his mouth, nothing but perverse filth comes out. A mouth so dirty you want to ask, “Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?” I can see this fisherman in a tavern swearing up a storm. The language and jokes get so bad that finally some truck drivers go up to him and ask, “Will you please watch you language? There are mechanics in the room.” We should not stereotype people and think that they are going to act a certain way because of their occupation or hobby. When it comes to the fisherman in the Bible it is hard for me not to do that.

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19 nasb)

When you hear the word “precious” used, it is usually spoken from a woman’s mouth talking about a baby. It does not seem right for Peter (a rough fisherman) to say the word “precious”. The word “precious” means valuable, costly, to have considerable value or worth. This valuable, costly blood of Christ is the detergent that cleanses us from our sins (Heb 9:14). We have redemption through His blood (rescued from sin, set free from the bondage of sin) (Eph. 1:7) He purchased us (paid the price) with His blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus was the perfect lamb without spot or blemish. He hung on a cross 2,000 years ago and spilt His precious blood for you. His blood can cleanse all of you sins. Have you let Jesus cleanse your sins?

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool”. (Isaiah 1:18 nasb)