Before electronic games, pirates and seeking buried treasure was an action packed game many kids played. One year, I had a pirate party theme birthday party – with buried treasure-for my young son- John. The concept was to follow clues (instead of a map) to find the hidden treasure. One clue would lead to another, until at last you found the treasure. And how excited they were to dig it up!
That is also how we find out about eternal treasures too. We go from clue to clue until we grasp the truth and dig them up. So join with me on a treasure hunt. Let’s stopping to look back and ponder a great, great day in the history of mankind. It was a day that opened up the greatest treasure a human can have. It’s a greater treasure than winning a multi-million dollar lottery.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-20).
That day, I want to look at, was when the LORD JESUS CHRIST was nailed to the cross. That day JESUS took all the charges of wrong doing against us and nailed them to the cross and we are forgiven. That day, JESUS disarmed our enemy and triumphed over the devil and demons. Then, when HE rose from the grave and entered heaven, HE showed that HE was GOD and that we too shall be resurrected and live forever with HIM (Colossians 2:14-15).
If you are in a hard place, maybe even want to give up, then consider JESUS, who never sinned, carrying the sins of all mankind (past, present and future) yours included. HE felt the weight of each sin. HE felt the horror of guilt. I remember back at how heavy the guilt felt when I did wrong. Oh I hated the shame! How tremendous a burden the guilt of all mankind was on JESUS. It is written, that JESUS despised the shame as well. In HIS innocence, JESUS suffered the weight of every sin, of guilt and willingly died for me and for you. HE did it when we were in rebellion and HIS enemies (Hebrews 12:3).
We are told, the way JESUS endured the cross and the shame, was by focusing on the joy of what HIS suffering and death was achieving (Hebrews 12:2). It canceled out the debt we owed, run up by our sins. It opened the way to forgiveness of our sins, fellowship with GOD and other believers, and we come GOD into HIS own family (John 1:12). And on top of that it triumphed over the evil principalities and powers in heavenly places and disarmed them.
The Bible tells us that our troubles, are achieving wonderful things. The Word encourages us to turn our focus off our troubles, and directly focus our thoughts onto the joy of what GOD is achieving for us and others through the troubles we face today (2 Corinthians 4:15-18). Like JESUS we will then be able to endure our struggles with peace, and even joy.
Even though JESUS paid the price for all mankind, thereby making the tremendous advantages of what JESUS earned available to all people, only the ones who come to JESUS in simple faith, will experience those benefits that JESUS’ death earned for them. It seems incredible that by simply believing JESUS died for our sins and rose again for our justification (just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned), GOD’s wrath is turned away from us and we gain eternal life (John 3:16, 36).
Have you believed in JESUS’ saving work? If so, you have found the greatest treasure. You have received forgiveness, eternal life and adoption into GOD’s royal family. That is treasure beyond compare that will never grow old and no one can steal it from you!
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfector of my faith.