Through both the Old and New Testament of God’s love story – the Bible, there are significant references to treasure. There are different types of treasure. For there is physical treasure, spiritual treasure, earthly treasure and treasures of the heart.
The Spirit of God is a surging, rushing, relentless wild river of life. Of healing and equality, refreshing and sustaining, strengthening and flourishing, that flows direct from the throne of God through Jesus to us.
Surely those who arrive first should be first and those who arrive last should be last. Those who work more hours should be paid more. Yet Jesus reveals what is true justice according to God’s kingdom.
The students of the stars had seen the sign of the coming of the greatest king of all. The one who would bring His eternal kingdom of life and light, deliverance and freedom, healing and forgiveness, love and peace, truth and justice, equality and respect. He’s greatest expression of God’s love.
Everyone desires peace. Peace in the mind, body, spirit, emotions, relationships, environment and circumstances. A dwelling place of refuge and rest, to live in and from. Before Jesus went to the cross He promised to His disciples at the time and for all eternity that in Him there is such a place.
We live in a world damaged by evil. Darkness is all around. Yet the darker the darkness the brighter the light shines. Light pushes back the darkness, illuminates and reveals itself.
At a time before Jesus went to the cross He sat on the Mount of Olives with His disciples. In a private moment with them, they asked about the end of the age and how to inherit the kingdom. So Jesus shared a true story with them about the sheep and the goats and what will take place at His coming.
During His time on earth Jesus spoke to the multitudes in stories to convey a spiritual truth about God and His Kingdom. Through these stories Jesus reveals things hidden since the beginning of the world. He explains to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure.
Throughout the history of humanity stories have been an integral part of cultural expression. Everyone loves a good story. Today we will explore the reality of the battle of the two kingdoms. The kingdom of darkness, evil and brokenness and the kingdom of light, goodness and love.
Jesus spoke of many parables regarding the Kingdom. Jesus in His earthly mission inaugurates the Kingdom. As King He is the embodiment of it. In power He demonstrates it and in truth proclaims it. He breaks through fear bringing freedom and healing.