"...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."
This brief parable speaks of Jesus prizing us so much that He gave up everything – His position in heaven with the Father, all His privileges as God – and made Himself nothing, becoming a servant and even laying down His life on the cross to pay the price for our freedom and forgiveness. He was cut off from the Father because our sin was upon Him. And all the while He was the Sinless One. He paid the ransom for our release; all that He had, He freely gave for the joy of having fellowship with us eternally. That is the extent of His determination to save us. Even if you or I were the only person in the world, He would have done this all for you or me.
The words of hymn writer William Rees from the 1800s capture the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
“Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Loving kindness as the flood,
When the Prince of life, our ransom,
Shed for us his precious blood.”
Within the walls of His Kingdom, His fellowship is always with us. Nothing is too much for our Lord to bestow on us.
Since He did all this for me and holds me in His prayers continually, is there anything too much for me to give to Him?
Bible In A Year
- Isaiah 27-28
- Psalm 84
- Acts 5-6