St John's Church



Team Rector: Rev. Margaret Sherwin


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Messy Church - February 2017

Our theme today was from

Matthew 13:44-46 Hidden Treasure

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid: then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Again the Kingdome of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had a bought it.


Jesus describes the Kingdom of heaven as being like treasure or a special pearl. He does this to convey the worth of God’s Kingdom. It is indescribable, but comparable to buried treasure or valuable pearls.

When the Kingdom of Heaven has been glimpsed, the effect is profound. One man buys a whole filed to get the treasure within it, the other buys the precious pearl. Both sell all they have to make their purchases.

The joy and delight at finding the treasure and the pearl, along with the realization that nothing else will ever compare to these, correlate to finding the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a sense of fulfillment and achievement, as if nothing will top this, hence the total financial commitment.

The passages don’t give a full and comprehensive description of the Kingdom of Heaven, but they leave us in no doubt that it is worth pursuing. The men recognize the treasure and the pearl. What exactly the Kingdom of Heaven is and where to find it are woven into the teaching of Jesus.

But have we glimpsed the Kingdom of Heaven? Is it one of the most precious things that we have come across? Have we experienced joy and delight in being part of God’s Kingdom? Is there more to discover at a new or deeper level? Can we read and study the Bible with renewed vision to discover.