Families and Friends of Christ Our Redeemer,

Early in the 18th century, a high nobleman in Passau, German collected a great fortune in gold and silver coins.  Not wishing to pay taxes on this wealth, he gathered up his money, put it in a plain box, and hid his coins in the state library.  The nobleman had everything figured out except for one thing.  He died before he could use his fortune and before he told anyone where he had put it.  So the cash stayed in that library.  The calendar changed, centuries passed by, empires rose and fell.  But the cash stayed unnoticed and unclaimed until, a few centuries later, a custodian stumbled upon the box.  According to the library officials, that story is the best explanation for the multi-million-dollar fortune in ancient gold and silver coins that was discovered a few years ago.

The Lord wants us to know that while money is important for our day to day living, it is quite powerless when it comes to eternity.  Luke 12:19-21 remind us, “I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, and be merry.’  But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 

When it comes to our salvation, there is only one thing that is needed and valuable:  faith in Jesus Christ as your Redeemer, your Rescuer from sin, death, and the devil.  Only faith in the crucified and risen Son of God can forgive our sin.  Only faith can adopt us into God’s family.  Only faith can guarantee that we will be given a warm welcome into heaven.  That’s why faith in Jesus is the greatest treasure that we hold on to and cherish today, and into eternity.


From one who knows my real treasure is in Jesus,

Pastor Steve