What does the Kingdom look like? Jesus used a story about a pearl to tell us about His Kingdom.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46
First, let’s look at the pearl. A pearl is formed from an injury to a mollusc or oyster. If a grain of sand lodges inside the shell it causes it great discomfort, and it will deposit a layer of nachre (also known as mother of pearl) around the thing causing the hurt. This process is called one of nature’s most prized secrets. For all of our technology man cannot replicate this phenonoma outside of an oyster.
Let’s look at nachre, the wonderous material that makes up a pearl. It is not just a soothing substance, it is made up of millions of microscopic crystals, each aligned perfectly so that light passing along the axis of one is reflected and refracted by the other, to produce a tapestry of light and colour. Light reflected from the layers produces the iridescent lustre.
So the pearl is made up of millions of structures, each designed to align perfectly, each reflecting and refracting iridescent light. Do you see the Kingdom yet? Let me take you to the gates; The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. Revelation 21:21
Who is the mechant who seeks these pearls? He is the one who sought the pearl, found the pearl, recognised it’s value, and gave up everything He had for it.
Do you know how valuable a human life is to God? This is from the Bible;
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them–
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough–so that they should live on forever and not see decay.” Psalm 49:9
Jesus said of Himself that “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28.
Jesus is the merchant, and we are the pearl. We’ve all been formed out of pain, and He knows it. Will you see yourself reflected in His eyes? Will you believe that you are worth a King’s ransom, allow Him to pay the ransom, and become His?