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John 6:56-69

The Treasure Inside

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John 6:56-69

The Treasure Inside

By Lois Parker Edstrom


A jewelry box, peas in pods.

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A treasure chest is a sturdy box that holds valuable things. You may have heard stories about pirates who once sailed the seas. They took gold and silver from other ships, put it in a treasure chest, and then buried the chest to hide the loot.

Perhaps your mother has a jewelry box that holds necklaces, bracelets, or rings. The jewelry box protects the valuable items stored inside.

In nature we also find examples of sturdy containers that protect and hold valuable things. A beautiful, bright green pea pod is sturdy and protects the delicate peas which are attached inside. Peas are valuable, not only as good food for us to eat, but as seeds which will grow more peas.

Our examples – a pirate’s treasure chest, your mother’s jewelry box, and pea pods may be strong containers and even beautiful to look at, but the real treasure is found inside.

We can think of our bodies in the same way. Jesus said, “It is the spirit who gives life” (6:63). We have strong, beautiful bodies and within our bodies is our spirit. We could also call this spirit our soul. It is the precious part of us that comes from God.

Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life” (6:63). As believers, God’s spirit lives within us. It is our true treasure.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan