Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Matthew 13:44

It was a common practice in the early days for prospectors to spend months exploring through the mountains and canyons in search of gold. Wherever they found traces of gold, or rocks that appeared to be likely places to dig for gold, they would record those locations, so they could stake claims to them when they returned to civilization. They could then work those claims or sell them to miners. But once in a long time, a prospector would run across a very rich vein of gold. Excitedly, the prospector would cover up all traces of the find, and rush back to stake a claim to as large an area as he could afford. This happened only if he knew that he had run across a lode that would make him rich. Such a prospector was like the Lord Jesus when He sold all that He had to purchase us.

Our text speaks of a treasure in a field. Probably that treasure occupied a very tiny spot in that field. But to obtain the treasure, the man needed to buy the entire field. That is what the Lord Jesus did when He came into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. When we consider the price that the Lord Jesus paid, humbling Himself to become human, enduring shame and agonies untold, submitting Himself to death on our account, and shedding His precious blood, we must acknowledge that the price He paid was infinite. Some would tell us that He paid only for the sins of those who will be saved. But that is not what the Bible tells us. 1 John 2:2 tells us that He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. What this is telling us is that when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, there was not one sinner ever born, nor one sin that any sinner ever committed, that was not covered by the payment that was made. In other words, the Lord Jesus purchased the entire field, that He might obtain the treasure therein.

I don’t know about you, but when I look into my heart, I don’t see much of a treasure for the Lord Jesus to be excited about. I do know many Christians who are surely gems, but I also know some who aren’t much better than myself. I might well wonder what He ever saw in me to lead him to become the payment for my sins. And yet, the Lord Jesus saw in those who would trust in Him, who would appreciate His offering of Himself for us, who would return to thank Him for coming to save us, a great treasure, well worth the price He must pay.

Whether we feel like treasure or not, we are part of the great reason why the Lord Jesus should purchase the field to obtain us. For that, let us bow in humble gratitude. -Jim MacIntosh

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