Priceless Treasure

From this brief parable come several precious truths about God’s kingdom, which Jesus elsewhere equates with eternal life (19:16, 23): It is like a treasure. Untold spiritual wealth awaits those who trust in Jesus Christ. They will find in Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), as well as the riches of God’s mercy and grace (Ephesians 2:4, 7). It is hidden from view. Most people, blinded by the attractions of this age, do not value Christ or His kingdom. Matthew points out this fact repeatedly, even in this very chapter (13:1-23, 53-58). It brings great joy to those who find it. The three Wise Men rejoiced merely to see the star leading them to the infant Jesus (2:10). How much more do those who trust in Christ experience “joy inexpressible and full of glory,” even if they undergo suffering (1 Peter 1:8; 4:12-13). Gaining eternal life God through faith in Christ is worth all that we have. “Blessed are the poor in spirit” – if they are rich in faith (Matthew 5:3; James 2:5)! That is why Jesus urged the rich young ruler to sell all he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him (Matthew 19:21). Sadly, he refused. Will we be like that misguided youth, or like the wise man in this parable?