"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."
In 1958 an art collector acquired a Renaissance painting of the Salvator Mundi (“Saviour of the World”) which had been heavily “restored” and acquired it for an amount worth about $1,800 today. It was thought to be by a minor artist after the style of Leonardo da Vinci. Recently, after extensive cleaning, it was authenticated as a genuine da Vinci and sold for $80 million! A treasure had languished for centuries as an unremarkable minor Renaissance painting. Recently, it was exhibited along with most of the other 23 existing da Vinci paintings for the first time at London’s National Gallery. I was excited to see it. The piece is very moving.
As we meditate on the Scriptures with its references to walls, Jesus becomes clearer and clearer to us in all His loveliness. He is indeed the hidden treasure which we have found, by His grace. He was the hidden treasure of the entire Old Testament, gloriously revealed in the New. He is indeed worth giving up everything else for. After all, isn’t that what He did for us?
When our hearts are thrilled with having found Jesus, the hidden treasure, we shall not be able to avoid sharing this good news with others!