_______________J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.
Jesus did not liken the kingdom of God to a diamond, but to a pearl. Of all precious stones, the pearl has the humblest origin. It begins with a wound and is created out of God's resources for healing the wound. So the kingdom begins with a wound, the wound in the body of Jesus. Then we marvel at God s resources for healing: physically, mentally, spiritually!