This devotional helps us to see Christ in a new light. We know all these Scriptures. It is when they are brought together that we see the totality of what Christ did for us.
He became poor!
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor–so that by His poverty you might become rich!” 2 Corinthians 8:9
He who was so rich–became so poor!
He who was Lord of all–had nothing at all!
He who made Heaven and earth–had no home of His own!
As He was born in another man’s house–so He was buried in another man’s tomb!
He who gives crowns of glory to others–had only a crown of thorns for Himself!
The foxes and the fowls had more than Jesus! “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have no home of My own, not even a place to lay My head!” Matthew 8:20. The foxes had holes to lay their heads in–but Christ had not a place to lay His head on.
“He became poor!” Yes, poor indeed, and so poor that He had not a penny! You will say, that a man is very poor–who has not a penny! Truly such a one was Christ–he had not a penny to pay the tax until He got it out of the fish’s mouth!
Oh! admire and wonder at this! Is not Jesus . . .
the brightness of God,
the paradise of angels,
the beauty of Heaven,
the Redeemer of man,
the destroyer of death,
the King of saints!
And that He should become so poor for us–oh! this is astonishing to angels and men!
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I will not think about being poor in the same way ever again. He became poor so we could become rich.
What a blessing God has showered upon us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001