Matt. 13:45-46 LESSONS FROM THE PEARL
Intro: Typically, people approach this parable by saying that the pearl
is salvation and that the buyer is the lost sinner. He does all that he can to obtain
salvation. He works and he pays any price to get his soul saved. However, the real
interpretation of the parable is this: The merchant is Jesus, the pearl is the church and
the great price is the death of Jesus on the cross. It is God who is willing to pay any
price to save a people from a death in Hell.
There are many lessons from nature given in the Bible drawn from nature.
Among them are the ant, the bee, the eagle, the rooster and Balaam's donkey. Tonight, we
will take a look at the little pearl. In doing so, we can learn a lot about the Lord and
His church. Notice several lessons from the pearl.
I. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF SUFFERING
A. A pearl is formed when an oyster gets a grain of sand trapped in the
soft flesh inside it's shell. This piece of sand irritates the tender oyster and it
responds by coating the grain of sand with layer upon layer of saliva and calcium. The
pearl is the product of pain.
B. The church of Jesus Christ was formed from the sufferings of Jesus
upon the cross! (Ill. The horrible death He bore for sinners!) (Isa. 53:6; Eph. 5:25; Rev.
II. IT IS FORMED FROM SOMETHING WORTHLESS
A. The pearl is formed from all types of junk. Pieces of sand, bone
fragments from dead fish, etc.
B. The church of Jesus is formed of old hell bound sinners! (Luke 19:10;
Matt. 9:12-13) (Ill. The kind of junk we were - Eph. 2:1-3)
III. IT IS A COMPOSITE
A. Ill. There are at least three materials used in the formation of the
pearl. These are, the offending material, saliva, and calcium.
B. The Church is composed of all kinds of people from varying
backgrounds - Rev. 22:17; John 3:16. Often, there is only one thing in common - Salvation
through the blood of Jesus!
IV. IT GROWS GRADUALLY
A. After the grain of sand lands inside the oyster, it can take the
creature up to 3 years to produce the pearl.
B. God has been gradually building His church in the world. It has been
growing for 2,000 years, but only as the Holy Spirit has convicted and saved sinners -
V. IT IS A HIDDEN WORK
A. The pearl grows hidden inside the oyster under the water.
B. No one can actually see the growth of the Lord's church. They can se
the visible church, but not the invisible. It is a matter of the heart. In truth, one can
be certain of no one else, but themselves.
VI. IT IS A VALUABLE OBJECT
A. Pearls can be worth fortunes. In fact strings of pearls can actually
be worth millions of dollars.
B. The church was worth a fortune to God! He paid a high price to save
the church from Hell: The death of His Son! (Ill. Rom. 5:6-8)
C. The church is worth a fortune to the world. She serves as a
restraining force against the tide of evil that will one day sweep over all the world.
Therefore, the church is worth any price that we might have to pay to keep her active and
to keep her strong. It is worth our praying, our giving, our working, our sacrificing. The
church is worth all we can give to her.
VII. IT IS A UNITY
A. The pearl is the only gem known to man that cannot be cut. Large
diamonds are cut and made into smaller, more valuable stones, but the pearl cannot be
divided. To do so destroys all of its worth.
B. The visible church may be divided in the eyes of man, but the true
church of Jesus will ever stand together - Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 1:10.
(Ill. When any church is divided, it loses its value to the world!
Therefore, there is a great need for us to be of one mind and of one accord! It doesn't
look good on Jesus when His people cannot get along!)
VII. IT REFLECTS LIGHT
A. One of the outstanding qualities of the pearl is its ability to
B. The church, like the moon in the heavens, is to reflect the light of
the Lord Jesus - Matt. 5:16.
IX. IT IS A THING OF GREAT BEAUTY
A. Pearls have been used for centuries as a thing to adorn. They serve
as objects of great beauty.
B. The church is a beautiful thing! A collection of sinners saved by the
great grace of God and headed to a city called heaven. (Ill. Right now, our true beauty
might nit shine as it ought to, but one day it will - Rev. 21:9ff; 2 Cor. 11:2. (Ill. 1
Conc: There is more that could be said. We could talk of it being round
which speaks of the eternal nature of the church. Of there only being one pearl to an
oyster. There is only one true church. Of it being white, that is pure - Eph. 5:29.
However, the greatest question that we face tonight is this - "What will you do with
Sermon By Alan Carr