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A brother and sister from west London found an old vase while cleaning out their parents’ home. They had it appraised and learned it was valued at nearly $2 million. After putting it up for auction, the antique Chinese vase sold for $69.5 million. A representative for the auction house said, “They had no idea what they had.”

--The Week, November 26, 2010 p. 6 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Jesus teaches such an item of high values resembles the kingdom of heaven. It is worth whatever we have to pay for it. Fortunately, the kingdom of heaven for us is more like the siblings who discovered the vase than the Chinese buyer who put up the money. Entrance into the Kingdom is given freely according to the grace we find in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 13:45-46 (NASB77) "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, (46) and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

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