Buried in a Jewelry Box

BURIED IN A JEWELRY BOX

A woman took her small daughter to the funeral home for the viewing of her grandmother. Staring into the casket, the little girl asked, “Mama, why did they put grandma in a jewelry box?” I guess to a small child some caskets do look like hug jewelry boxes. And for a Christian a casket does indeed hold the body of a “jewel.” We have been made God’s “jewels.” Speaking of those who “fear the Lord,” God said, “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.” (Mal. 3:17). The “jewels” are the “righteous” (Mal. 3:18). The “Sun of Righteousness” has come with “healing in His wings” and made us “jewels” (Mal. 4:2). The “Rising Sun from on high” has visited us (Lk. 1:78, McCord’s Translation). It is interesting that the word translated “jewels” in the NKJV is also translated “peculiar treasure” (Ex. 19:5; Ps. 135:4) and “special” (Deut. 7:6). That is why God’s people are called “jewels.” They are “special” and, therefore, a “peculiar treasure.” Jewels are rare and jewels are valuable. We are rare because we have been chosen by God (1 Pet. 1:3). We are valuable because we have been redeemed by the “precious blood of Christ” (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Christians are “His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9). We are “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:13-14). The Lord promised to make believers His “jewels.” So, I suppose, there is a sense in which our physical bodies are “BURIED IN A JEWELRY BOX.”

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

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