Matt. 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He was so delighted with it that he went away, sold everything he had, and bought that field.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
Jesus’ shares a crucial message concerning the Kingdom of God in this statement from Matt. 13:44. But because of the brevity of His comment this powerful statement could be easily overlooked. So here in a nutshell is the important truth of Jesus’ statement about the Kingdom of God: The person who found the treasure bought the entire field in which it was found, and did not simply pluck out the treasure and run home with it.
Let’s define elements in Jesus’ illustration: The Treasure is Jesus, Himself, the Savior and Lord of all. The Field is the Gospel, the whole message of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is the entire sphere of Christ’s rule.
The Finder should be YOU.
The message is pretty clear: the Finder, after discovering the Treasure, leaves it in the field and goes away to make arrangements to purchase the entire field. That is a huge message that must not be overlooked. He does not attempt to remove the treasure from the field, i.e. removing Jesus from the context of His message, the Gospel of the Kingdom. He doesn’t simply snatch up Jesus and attempt to fit Him into his life, as it presently exists. In fact, the Treasure, having been found in the Field, is considered the property of the Field. And removing it would be tantamount to stealing. The Finder actually has to purchase the Field in order to have proper ownership of the Treasure.
Jesus isn’t available to us apart from the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Think about that. Removing Him from the Gospel of the Kingdom is not an option in Jesus illustration. Remember that Jesus is explaining the Kingdom of God. So if we try to take Jesus out of the Gospel, and simply attempt to fit Him into our routine, we lose the Kingdom of God. In other words, Jesus is not presenting Himself as a fix or solver of our lives. He is presenting Himself within the Gospel, as the way to enter the Kingdom of God. In reality, Jesus never preached a “fix” or “solution” for your life. Instead He provided a way for you to sell off your life and enter into a whole new life, in a new kingdom, governed by new principles, under a new management. The Finder actually sells off his entire life to buy the Field, the Gospel, with Jesus in it. Are you beginning to see how totally opposite Jesus’ actual message is, compared with the way people present it today?
Consider these similar examples. Could you purchase an exotic fish at the pet store, bring it home, lay it on the coffee table and expect to enjoy it for long, without buying the fish tank? Could you go to a concert where you were thrilled by the music, purchase the instruments, bring them home, and enjoy a perpetual encore? Throughout life there are many wonderful things that you have to step out of your life’s routine to experience. In the case of Jesus Christ, He is the highest epitome of that principle. He is a King Who comes with a Kingdom defined by His Gospel. His Kingdom will not enter yours and exist. You, the Finder, must invest ALL that is valuable to you, in order to afford the value of citizenship in His Kingdom. What does that mean, really? Read tomorrow’s devotional and find out. In the meanwhile …
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