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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tiny legs carried them across the sand in a frenetic search as each child bent low over a crudely sketched map. The sunlight shone from their eyes like sea glass scattered on the beach.

“It’s here somewhere,” one said.

“Let me look at that.” Another boy grabbed the paper from his brother and quickly assessed their position. “I think it’s by him. Come on, guys. It’s gotta be buried somewhere by dad.”

Squealing and shouting, four little children careened toward their father. Joining in their play, the man threw his head back.  His laughter joined the rush of the ocean waves splashing joyfully against the beach.

The littlest one squatted near her father’s feet and brushed wet, gritty sand from something dark and brown. The boys joined in and they dug deeper, grainy bits of shell and dirt cemented to dimpled hands and limbs. Forming a pocket around the ridge of a wooden box, the one with the husky voice shouted, “We found it. Buried treasure.”

That game was one our children-now teens and young adults-still remember. My husband was a master at creating treasure hunts and this was particularly memorable.

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; 
searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. Click To Tweet

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. But the treasure that satisfies man’s soul isn’t discovered in wealth, fame, or even family. It’s found in the person of Jesus Christ and He is waiting patiently for people to seek Him.

Scripture affirms, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

When we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, 
He pours out spiritual riches. Click To Tweet

And when we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, He pours out the spiritual riches of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Oh, the abundant goodness of our Father!

We've discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion, 
and the free gift of Life. Click To Tweet

Here, kneeling in the blood-soaked soil at the foot of the cross we’ve discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion of Judah, and the free gift of Life.

May you find comfort in your wealth today, Friend.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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The place name dogged me all week–my thoughts returning again and again to the words of John 18:5.THE NEW YOU

When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. (NIV)

Familiar with the story of Christ’s death and resurrection, I knew of the events preceding the crucifixion. The humble Creator stooping over the dirt-encrusted feet of His disciples and cleansing them of Jerusalem’s desert sand—the actions of a servant. Christ—breaking bread in the presence of beloved companions and a friend turned foe.

But until a few days ago, my eyes seemed to pass by any mention of Kidron Valley. What could be its significance? Why hadn’t I noticed before? Jesus walked purposely through the Valley of the Shadow of Death to reach the Garden.

The symbolism is too rich to ignore. Kidron Valley, meaning black or sad, was a burial site to Jewish kings, priests, and prophets encased in tombs along the rocky slopes. And today? Thousands of limestone coffins stand end to end—the bodies of Jewish hopefuls awaiting deliverance through the long-awaited Messiah.

I can almost imagine Jesus surveying the valley and its surroundings. There, high on the slope, He could make out the southeastern edge of the Temple. How many hours had He spent within its walls proclaiming the truth? Inhaling deeply as He passed by a stand of olive trees, Christ might have swept His gaze to the far edges of the landscape and noticed the Mount of Olives. Did His stride quicken as He anticipated ascending into Heaven from that hill—the Father’s call beckoning Him home?

Determined, Jesus continued on as the dark valley rose sharply on either side–evening shadows deepening. He knew the history of the place—He’d seen it clearly from Heaven’s throne room. Christ knew of the treachery encased between the walls of this gorge—when the Chosen Ones had displayed worthless idols here. The people turning away from I Am not once…not twice…but three times. (1 Kings 15: 12-13, 2 Kings 23:6, 2 Chronicles 19:16).

Jesus knew—they would again turn from the Way and choose another.

And soon, the blood of hundreds of thousands of lambs would spill into the wadi, filling the valley with the scent of death; innocent blood staining its walls. The disciples might have noticed a look of satisfaction cross Jesus’ face as He considered the near future—that moment when His own, untarnished blood would pour out for all sin and sinners. Once for all—if they would only accept His gift. The perfect Lamb. The ultimate Sacrifice. The exchange of the Sinless for you and me.

Each step Jesus took in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, friends, brought us closer to Him. Because of His death and resurrection, we can claim the beautiful promise of Ps. 23,

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)

 

 Thank you, Jesus, for walking the dark valley of sin that we might be the sinless ones. Praise God for His mercy and overwhelming love. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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