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Discover the Book - September 7

  • 2012 Sep 07


The Most Incredible Treasure of All

"Did not our heart burn within us while . . . He opened the Scriptures to us?" . . . And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures-Luke 24:32, 45, emphasis added

The owner of the universe has given something priceless to us. First, God let Jesus reveal himself personally to the apostle John. Then God the Father gave a gift-The Revelation of Jesus Christ-to the Son. Next, God the Son shared that gift with the Apostle John, the last living apostle. Finally, John wrote it down and shared it with us. And that is the truest of treasures!

I remember a time when I thought I had a treasure. Shortly after my family moved to New England, every resident received a lottery ticket certificate in the mail. When I was growing up, swearing, smoking, chewing, drinking, and the lottery were all sins. With trepidation I therefore opened up the envelope and read: "You're a winner!" I rushed to the nearby gas station where there were banners proclaiming a multi-million dollar jackpot. After the ticket printed out, I checked the numbers. The first matched, then the second, third, and fourth-all the way to the $1,000,000 level. I had won the grand jackpot! The attendant was so excited that he was getting ready to call the radio, the newspaper, and the TV station, but then we looked at the bottom of the ticket. It was just a demonstration copy. That was as close as I ever got to an earthly treasure.

Even if I had actually won that jackpot, it could never compare to my delight in God's heavenly treasure: I . . . count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8). Seeing the glorious majesty of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures is the most incredible treasure we could ever possess!

Jesus is with us always. The promise Jesus gave to His disciples at the Great Commission never changed. Jesus accompanied each of His beloved apostles as they entered the fiery furnace of troubles. He stayed beside them "to the end" (Matthew 28:20). When it was their "appointed" time to die, the Good Shepherd walked each disciple through the valley of death's shadow. As promised, Christ took them all home safely.

Do you also know that Jesus is with you? Are you able to trust Him to see you through-even to the end of the age?

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