11/18/18 – The Parables of Jesus – Part 5 – The Parable of the Treasure of the Field and the Pearl of Great Price

The Parables of Jesus

Part 5 The Parables of the Treasure in the Field

and the Pearl of Great Price

Sermon Setup

Series Dates and Topics

  1. The Purpose of Parables
  2. The Sower of Seed Explained
  3. The Wheat and the Tares
  4. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
  5. The Treasure in the Field and the Pearl of Great Price
  6. The Unforgiving Servant
  7. The Lost Son
  8. The Great Feast

Opening Passage

Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB) A Hidden Treasure and A Costly Pearl

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father

I pray that today’s message

transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation

and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit

renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Introduction

Seven of the Most Expensive Things in the World

  • Domain Name: CarInsurance.com — $49.7 million.
  • Home: Buckingham Palace in London, UK — $1.55 billion
  • Production Car: Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero — $8 million
  • Gem Stone: The Pink Star Diamond — $71 million
  • Parking Spot: Bought in Hong Kong $660,000
  • Dog: Tibetan Mastiff Puppy — $2 million
  • Toilet: 24-Carat Solid Gold Toilet — $5 million

Q: What makes a parking spot worth $660,000.00?

A: Someone was willing to pay that! That’s it! The value was determined by the buyer, the person willing to pay the price and no one else.

Paying these prices for homes and pets and parking spots and toilets is an entirely different way of thinking!

Q: Did you know that Jesus introduced to the world an entirely different way of think too?

In fact, He began His ministry by saying just that…

Matthew 4:17 (NASB)

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Greek for Repent is metanoeō: to change one’s mind.

All the parables are designed to help us learn to think like Christ and to know the mind of God. Not later… NOW!

Luke 17:20-21 (NASB)

Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Q: What is it about our thinking that Jesus is teaching us in the parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price?

A: In both parables there is a man who sold all he had to purchase one thing!

Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB) A Hidden Treasure and A Costly Pearl

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Q: I’ve never known anyone who would do such a thing, have you?

Not even the ridiculous items listed above. They wouldn’t sell everything to buy a gold toilet or anything else… but Jesus did!

Today’s message will teach us what God values, the price He paid and its current worth!

Parable Set Up

  • The man and the merchant are Christ.
  • The field is the world.

Q: Can you guess what (who) the treasure and the pearl are?

A: Us, of course! You and me, the church.

  1. What does God value?

Ephesians 2:4-8 (NASB)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved, 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Q: Need more proof?

Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB) abbreviated

…“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

Q: Still not sure?

John 3:16 (NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Q: Just doesn’t make since to you?

Romans 5:8 (NASB)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

If anyone has ever adopted a child this will resonate…

1 John 3:1 (NASB) abbreviated

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God…

Q: Don’t you get it? Can’t you see it? It’s you He values!

You are the treasure, you are the pearl!

Q: Can that leave any doubt what God values?

Matthew 13:44 (NASB) abbreviated

…and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

  1. What price did He pay?

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NASB)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Q: Have you ever, really, stopped to think of what Jesus did?

A: He gave up heaven… for you!

Philippians 2:6-7 (NASB) abbreviated

…who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Greek for Emptied is Kenoō meaning: to make empty, to make void,

deprive of force, render vain, useless and of no effect.

Of Christ this means he laid aside equality with God or exisitng in the form of God.

  • And He did it Himself, no one did it to Him!
  • And He did it for you!
  • But this was only part of the price He paid for you and I!

The parable says the man and the merchant sold ALL to purchase these great treasures…

Q: What does Jesus mean when He says all in these parables?

Acts 20:28 (NASB)

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

His BLOOD! His life! ALL of it! Every single drop of it… for you!

The Father gave His Son, the Son left heaven and deprived Himself of power and then He willingly subjected Himself to the cross!

Hebrews 12:2 (NASB) abbreviated

… Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Q: What joy was set before Jesus?

A: Remember what the parable says?

Matthew 13:44 (NASB) A Hidden Treasure and A Costly Pearl

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

You are the joy, you are the treasure, we are the pearl!

  1. It’s not for sale!

Story

When I was thirty years old, because of a poor financial decision, we had to start over financially.

I sold my truck and Lori’s car and bought and old beat up dodge pickup.

I painted it, put nice seat covers on it, put in a sprayed-in bedliner and suddenly everyone wanted my little truck.

But, it wasn’t for sale!

John 10:27-29 (NASB)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Jesus just said, only I can have you because I paid all I had for you.

And… My Father will make sure that no one and nothing can take you from ME!

Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB) A Hidden Treasure and A Costly Pearl

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The world says, everything has its price, everything is for sale if the price is right.

But not Jesus. He thinks very differently.

Prayer for Congregation, to begin see just how we are valued by God.

Invitation for Salvation

Jesus bought you with all He had because He loves you with all He is and He wants you to be with Him forever! And He didn’t make it hard either!

I couldn’t help but think about the man who bought the field to get the treasure.

You know, when Jesus died on the cross, He didn’t die for cleaned up, perfect, I’ve finally got my life in order people!

Romans 7:24-25 (NASB) abbreviated

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

In those days they would tie a rotting corpse to the back of a criminal for punishment. It was a death sentence but of the worse kind!

Paul said, that what He was unless He’d been set free through Christ!

That’s who Jesus died for and paid for and did it with Joy because He knows who you can and will be once you’ve received Christ into your heart!

Jesus paid so high a price so that His gift of salvation could be free to you.

Now I’m not telling you that a life in Christ doesn’t come at a price, it most certainly does.

But salvation is free, it’s a gift and it’s simple. YES! It’s simple to go to heaven!

Repent, Confess and Beleive

Salvation Prayer

Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer

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