Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Buried Treasure (Part 5, Conclusion: The Grand Finale)
When Joseph had taken the Body, he wrapped It in a clean linen cloth, and laid It in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
Matthew 27:59-60 (NKJV)
The greatest treasure is the 'Holy One of God' (Mark 1:24). The greatest burial was His. It happened in a tomb outside of Jerusalem. Consider His decision: The Son of God agreed to be reduced to a mortal Body. Imagine 'The Head of all Principality and Power' (Colossians 2:10) shrunken to fit in a Fetus, a Baby, a Boy, and a Carpenter.
Therein, Jesus became earth's Buried Treasure. He invited us to find Him. 'So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you' (Luke 11:9).
When we made a decision as simple as believing in Him, we were buried with Him. But like a baby from a womb or Lazarus from a tomb, we were transformed; not just buried, but reborn: 'Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: You are a treasure. If 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field' (Matthew 13:44), you are like treasure hidden in a field of entertainment. God has given you precious talents and 'Crowned you with glory and honor' (Psalm 8:5).
As the wheat grows taller and stronger than the tares, so will you. It is your destiny.
'Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:1-3).
When fans find you, many will treasure you. When they look beneath the treasure of your talent, they will discover the One Who made you radiant--the One Who wants to make them radiant, too.
Let God's buried treasure be buried no more.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Buried Treasure series.