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A. The field wasn’t his, but rabbinic law allowed him to claim this treasure.
B. Buying the field was worth all that he owned--Prov 23:23; Isa 55:1; Matt 6:20-21; 1 Tim 6:19
II. The Pearl of Great Price
A. It was so valuable that, once found, all the searching was worthwhile– Prov 8:10-11, 18-21
B. You must search in the right place--Deut 4:29; Ps 105:4; Prov 3:13-17; Lk 11:10; Acts 17:27
III. THE Point of Comparison
A. What treasure map are you consulting?--Prov 2:1-5, 16:16
B. How long will your treasure last?--Matt 6:20; Col 2:1-3, 3:1-2; Phil 3:7-11; Heb 11:24-26
Thomas Guthrie: "In the blood of Christ to wash out sin’s darkest stains, in the grace of God to purify the foulest heart, in peace to calm life’s roughest storms, in hopes to cheer guilt’s darkest hour, in a courage that defies death and descends calmly into the tomb, in that which makes the poorest rich and without which the richest are poor indeed, the gospel 'has treasures greater far than east or west unfold, and its rewards more precious are than all the stores of gold.'"
The blessing of being a child of God through faith in Christ is utterly priceless, more valuable than all the possessions the richest man could acquire. There is absolutely nothing to compare to it in worth and beauty, because it is "an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away" (1 Pet 1:4). It is forgiveness, love, peace, happiness, virtue, purity, righteousness, eternal life, glory, and more. God offers His priceless kingdom to any person, no matter how poor, how insignificant, how sinful, to anyone who trusts in Christ.
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THE MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN
Object: a "map" to find hidden treasure, with a cross at the center of it.
(Mat 13:44 NIV) "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."
A lot of children and their parents hurried to the bookstores last week because they are "wild about Harry." When I was your age, there were books about hunting for hidden treasure. Jesus tells us a story about a man who wasn’t hunting for treasure, but found it by accident. When he discovered the treasure, he sold everything he had so he could buy the field where he had found the buried treasure.
Some of the hidden treasure stories when I was young became movies or TV shows. Someone had found a map and now all they had to do was follow the map to the hidden treasure. A CROSS marked where they would find the treasure. It still does, but this is no story in the fiction section of the library or bookstore. This is the truth. Jesus tells us today that HE is the hidden treasure. Nothing is more important than having Him as your Savior. That’s because He paid for all of our sins on the cross and He promises us that there is a room waiting in our heavenly Father’s house for all who love the Lord Jesus and follow Him.
That’s the real treasure, and it’s not hidden. It’s right there for all to see in God’s Word. Look for the CROSS and you will find it.
Point: We can have security in Christ even in the midst of a fallen hostile world.
Problem: We face difficulty all the time--temptation, hastles, etc. Things often are not going well.
Promise: Even when things are not going well, this is what the Kingdom of God, that is, Jesus’ ministry, is like: Jesus searches
us out and gives up everything to purchase us.
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