The Good News is fascinating. It is a call for one to abandon his whole life and all that he could ever be in order to serve the One who created the universe. He created the night sky and layered the expanse of heaven with swirls of galaxies full of planets and stars so vast that it never ends. Down to the smallest detail, He wove the fabric of the earth with a skillful hand. The heavenly host of angels marveled as His hands stretched across the deep, giving light and darkness their respective places.
After He had laid the foundations of the earth, He covered it with the heavens as an adornment, but was still not satisfied. Amidst all of God's creation there was one creature that stood out among them all. Everything the universe contained meant nothing in comparison with the treasure He had in mind when He created all things -- Man. Man (male and female) was created for one purpose -- to bear His very image and likeness, as an expression of His character, for all eternity. His love and care for us is beyond our comprehension.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let him have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:26-28)
God intended that the earth and eventually the universe would be filled with people bearing His likeness -- full of loving-kindness and care, dwelling in perfect unity. But mankind surrendered into another set of hands, being deceived by the evil one. We have been degenerating in this fallen state for thousands of years, yet God's desire for mankind, and His surpassing love towards us, has never changed. He conceived of a plan to restore mankind back to their created purpose.
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
The eyes of our Creator were watching intently as this man diligently sought the treasure. This man was not just sitting around, waiting for life to pass him by. He was tirelessly seeking after something, and rejoicing when he found it hidden in the field. The fascination of the man who found the treasure in the field is comparable to that of the Son of God.
"Why were you searching for Me?" Jesus asked. "Didn't you know that I had to be in My Father's house?" (Luke 2:49)
His treasure was for His Father's desire to be fulfilled:
Father, let them be one, as You and I are one... let them be perfected in unity that the whole world may believe that You sent Me, and have loved them even as You have loved Me. (John 17:21-23)
Yahshua was fascinated by the treasure. He could not take His eyes off of it. All the money in the world could never have bought it for Him. He knew it was going to cost Him everything to purchase eternal life for all who would follow after Him. His only satisfaction was to be the ransom that would give His Father in heaven His heart's desire.
His love for mankind was expressed by Him going into death to pay for the sins of the whole world, even the worst people who have ever lived. He had to "buy the whole field" to obtain the treasure that was buried in it. He paid for the sins of all that have ever lived so that those who see the treasure could be gathered to fulfill His Father's deepest desire.
Yahshua gave His life on the cross and went into death to obtain the treasure. He suffered the agony that we deserved, paying for our sins in our place. He died for us so that we would be able to follow Him on the narrow way to the Kingdom, and gain the same glory that He shares with His Father. He made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up His life in order to see us do the same. He delivered us from the indescribable weight of eternal guilt. We were His fascination, and He has become our fascination.
Our response to His love was to give up all we have to fulfill our Father's desire when He created man. In our communities, we live for His sake, exactly in the way the first believers lived:
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common... There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 4:32-35)
We follow our Master Yahshua together, and we invite you to come and follow Him with us!