‘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. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.’ (Matthew Chapter 13 v. 44-46)
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John Chapter 3 v. 16)
Do you love anything or anyone enough to die for them? It is a question I am asking myself, and the answer that comes to my mind as I think about it is…I hope so! I hope I would die for my children, or anyone I love.
When I think about the above verse, about God, the Creator of the Universe, holy, mighty, perfect, and then I think that He loves us so much that He gave up the most precious thing He had to save us, US! We are certainly not perfect. It seems like in the great scheme of things that we are like ants, we don’t really matter. We live, we die, we do our best to be good, but fail so many times. We have all done things we are ashamed of. Yet, the perfect, awesome God gave Himself for us.
It is nearly Christmas as I write, and at this time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus. He was born of a virgin, and He was the Son of God. He came to this earth for one purpose, to show us what God is like, and to die a cruel death to take the punishment for everything we have done wrong. God Incarnate, God, embodied as a man, living the perfect life because He knew we never could, dying for us, so that we could be saved and be with Him for ever when we die. Why did He do that?
Jesus Himself tells the story of the Merchant who was looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he sold everything he had and bought it. God created us. He created you. You were not an accident. You were made for a purpose. He loves you and showed His immense love by giving everything He had for you…His life. He doesn’t want any of us to be punished for the things we have done wrong, so He took the punishment for us. He loves us THAT much!
What is our response to such incredible love? To receive it. That’s it. To believe that Jesus died for us, to invite Him into our lives, and receive all the love He has for us. To realise that we are not perfect, and that we never can be, that we can never ever earn our way to heaven. We can in ourselves never be good enough, but Jesus was. He lived the perfect life for us, showing us how much God loves us, and He died the death that we deserve, because ‘….all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.’ (Romans 3 v. 23)
We have all done things that are wrong and we all need forgiveness. Jesus is worth giving our whole lives for. He is the pearl of great price, and, amazingly, He also thinks of us as precious pearls. He gave up everything for us, but that wasn’t the end. He rose again. He is alive and will reign forever in heaven.
God loves you. You are precious to Him. Will you accept His love and His precious gift today?
God bless you.