So Much Treasure!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3, NIV

Without a doubt, Tutankhamen or King Tut for short is the most famous Egyptian pharaoh today. When he died at 18 years old, his followers buried him in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. After over 3,300 years, in November 1922, British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the tomb. It almost escaped discovery.

Carter was searching for the tomb for a long time. But King Tut’s enemies’ erased almost all the ancient records about him. Carter only found an inscription here and a mark there. His financial backer, Lord Carnavon, almost backed out of the project. He felt that so much time and money had gone to waste in what seemed to be a futile search. But, Carter persuaded Carnavon to fund one more dig. He even promised that he would pay for the final excavation if it would come out empty. Within days, Carter discovered the tomb. He exclaimed that it was “the day of days, the most wonderful that I have ever lived through, and certainly one whose like I can never hope to see again.”

There was so much treasure in that small tomb. They found the mummy encased in three coffins, the innermost made of 110 kilograms of solid gold. It would take eight strong men to lift the gold coffin. Inside that coffin lay the pharaoh himself wearing his famous gold mask. It took a decade to catalogue, remove and conserve the thousands of priceless items in the tomb now displayed at the Cairo Museum in Egypt. The entire excavation consumed many years of Carter’s life.

Today we embark on an exciting verse by verse series on the book of Ephesians. Here we find that the treasure trove of King Tut is nothing compared to our riches in Christ. Paul described “the riches of God’s grace” (1:7) as “incomparable” (2:7), “unsearchable” (3:8), and “glorious” (3:16). Even all of eternity is not enough to enjoy and understand all the blessings that God has lavishly poured out upon us.

These riches are not as elusive. God already revealed it to us through His Word. Thus I encourage you not only to enjoy the series but to invite your family, friends and relatives to marvel with us as we excavate God’s blessings upon us. Like the Apostle Paul, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know… the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (1:18)

A blessed New Year to all of us!

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