The current treasure hunters are two brothers. They read an article in a Reader's Digest magazine some fifty years ago and the fever struck. They have dedicated untold amounts of money and endless hours pursuing this dream of finding this cache, this treasure trove. In reading articles about Oak Island, there are so many theories and so much supposition and conjecture it is no wonder that so many people have sought after what may be buried there. But these two brothers Rick and Marty Lagina have dedicated their lives and their resources to find something, anything there. From a young age they have been treasure hunters, turning over rocks in search of riches. I remember when I was young my dad sometimes had to fly out of town when extraditing prisoners. He would always bring me something back from the airline. The item that I liked the best was a little miniature suitcase, about the right size for my Barbie doll. I remember carrying that thing around forever. I used to imagine finding one filled with money all rolled up in it. When we drove somewhere I would be looking all along the side of the road, hoping to find one. When I walked to school I scoped out everywhere I went, thinking today might be the day. I wanted to find that money! But I never really gave anything up to find it. I never invested any blood, sweat and tears to search for it. It was just a passing fancy and quite funny to think of today; that tiny bag wouldn't have held much money! So much for my treasure hunting days.
There is a treasure that I did find. That treasure was found in the kingdom of heaven and the rich life that comes with finding it. Matthew 13:44 says this, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field" (NASB). Here was a man who finds something of more value than he could ever imagine. According to Elliott's Commentary for English readers this parable would have struck the imagination of the disciples. "Every village had its story of men who had become suddenly rich by finding some hidden hoard that had been hastily concealed in time of war or tumult. Then, as now, there were men who lived in the expectation of finding such treasures, and every traveller who was seen searching in the ruins of an ancient town was supposed to be hunting after them." And they could see the application to their lives in following Jesus. "In the interpretation of the parable, the case described is that of a man who, not having started in the pursuit of holiness or truth, is brought by the seeming accidents of life—a chance meeting, a word spoken in season, the example of a living holiness—to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, i.e., to Christ Himself, and who, finding in Him a peace and joy above all earthly treasure, is ready to sacrifice the lower wealth in order to obtain the higher. Such, we may well believe, had been the history of the publicans and the fishermen who made up the company of the Twelve. The parable had its fulfilment in them when they, at the bidding of their Lord, “forsook all and followed Him.” Such, it need hardly be said, has been the story of thousands of the saints of God in every age of the Church’s life from that day to this."
And we also read in the next verses, Matthew 13:45-46, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it." (NASB) Matthew Poole's Commentary tells us this about those verses, "The state of the gospel dispensation is such, that men in it having a discovery of more excellent things than before they were aware of, life and immortality being brought to light through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:10) grace and truth coming by Jesus Christ, (John 1:17), men and women are set upon seeking for these spiritual things, as merchants do for goodly pearls; and when God makes a discovery of Christ and his grace to the soul, it appears to them as a pearl of great price, of more value than all they have in the world, and they are ready to part with all to obtain Christ and his grace. Both these parables have the same scope and tendency, viz.
1. To inform us that Christ and his grace are of a great and transcendent value.
2. That under the gospel there is a clear discovery of these things to the world.
3. That where this discovery is effectually and particularly made to any soul, that soul will part with all it hath, or is worth, rather than it will miss of Christ, and his grace and glory."
We are given the opportunity to find a treasure far more valuable than ancient manuscripts, gold coins or priceless jewels. Those earthly treasures will not make it past this world. The only treasure that lasts for eternity is the treasure of a relationship with Jesus and the gifts that go along with that. There is nothing in this world that can compare to the knowledge that Jesus died for my sins and has given me the gift of eternal life. There is nothing that can equate to the gain of the Holy Spirit living inside of me; comforting, leading, teaching me and bringing me ever closer to my Saviour.
As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty" (NIV). I too have known times of doing without. Times of going to the food bank for meals, having to go to local agencies to get help paying utility bills, times of not knowing if the rent would be paid. I have also known times of some abundance. Where I don't have to count every penny as I go to the grocery store, times when I have been able to help others. But in all of those times I had a resource, a treasure beyond compare. I had, and still have a King, a Lord, a Saviour who loves me and cares for me and will see me through everything that I go through. As it goes on to say in verse 13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Can any earthly treasure compare to that. Can any piece of metal or shiny stone or number on a bank account give you the peace and assurance that the presence of Jesus in your life does? And we have the knowledge that as much of a treasure that Christ is to us, we also are to Him. Our Father adores us, He gave all in the form of His Son to bring us to Him. Talk about finding treasure in dirt and paying all to acquire it! Nothing we can do can repay that debt He paid, but fortunately for us He does not ask that we repay it. All He asks is for our lives, for us to seek Him daily, for us to love Him in return. We have been given riches beyond compare, abundance beyond our wildest dreams.
Funny, in doing the study on Oak Island, they talk of sink holes and underground caverns that could explain the presence of so-called Money Pits. Natural occurrences that could explain what they have found. So in all of the over 200 years of searching, it could all have been for nought. All they have really found and have on hand is a coin and some wood and a lot of speculation. Of course I hope they find something amazing. What a payoff after years of labor and loss, of both money and lives. But there is no assurance. We as Christians have an assurance, a blessed assurance as the song goes, Jesus is mine. A treasure in this life and the next. A store of riches that is mine if I but give all to receive it. And all that I have is really nothing in comparison to Him and His love for me.
Consider this, dear reader. What do you have that holds you back from unearthing this treasure? What in this life could compare to what He has for you? What tin treasure are you holding on to that could even be weighed against His value and worth?
Details about Oak Island found on Wikipedia, Starcasm.net and the chronicleherald.ca