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September 25, 2013

Hidden Treasure

Just imagine with me – a weary traveler walking along hot, dusty roads. He’s worn out, he’s a little bit discouraged and he still has a long way to go to get into town. He takes a short cut across a field and as he walks, his walking stick hits something. He looks down. It’s not a rock. He hits it again and there’s another thud. He gets down on his hands and knees and begins to wipe away the dirt, and there is wood. His heart races and he begins to dig faster as he unearths a treasure chest. His mind is swirling, he opens up the chest, and he finds precious jewels, coins, and priceless treasure, then he realizes it must have been buried for hundreds of years, and whoever owned this treasure has long since passed away. The secret of where the treasure was located was buried with him. Then he closes the treasure, puts it back in the ground, covers it up and marks it, then walks off.

From that moment on, this weary traveler will never be the same. His whole life is changed by what he has just experienced. He has a skip in his step, a new purpose for living, everything in his life now revolves around the treasure, and he thinks, “I’ve got to have this treasure.” But he says, “I can’t just take it; that would be stealing. I know what I’ll do. I’ll go buy the field from whoever owns it because whoever owns the field, owns the treasure.” He’s really excited, until he remembers he doesn’t have much money. “How in the world am I going to afford this field?” But then he thinks, “If I sell everything I have, then I’ll buy the field with that money and I’ll have this treasure which will be so much better than the possessions I have now.” Well, Jesus encapsulated that whole story in a single verse.

“The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44.

In this parable of the hidden treasure, Jesus makes an analogy as to what we should value. He says we should value eternal treasure. This man sold all his possessions so he could gain this treasure. Jesus said there is nothing here on earth that compares to Heavenly treasure.