Rich Lord Became Poor for Us

2 Corinthians 8:9, “ For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”

What are riches and what does it mean to be poor?  What makes one person rich and another one poor?  Are outside forces to blame or thank for the wealth that we have.  There is more to this world than money.  Riches come in many forms.  For some, riches come in the friends they have.  For others, it is family.  For several others, it is money.  One thing is for sure, our rich Lord became poor to show us the true meaning of wealth.

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we have accepted God and Jesus into our hearts, we know the grace of God.  We have experienced the grace of God.  The grace of God is there for all who are willing to accept it.  Grace is that gift that we do not deserve but receive anyways.  Grace is, though we are in a sinful state, God plucking us out of that situation and putting us in one that is sinless.  Perfection through the powerful nature of God.  Sinlessness for the sinful man, though not of man at all.  It is only of the grace of God.

That though He was rich.  Jesus is the Son of God.  As the Son of God, He is every bit as much God as God the Father is.  That means that all the riches that God has, Jesus has.  All the gold in Heaven, all the riches untold are Jesus’s.  Jesus has so much as everything in the world and in Heaven is His.  He has unspeakable wealth, not just in money, but also in non-Earthly things.

For our sakes He became poor.  Jesus left all the wealth of Heaven to come to Earth.  He came to be born a natural human birth.  Jesus became all human and yet was all God at the same time.  The only perfect human to have ever lived.  He came into this world with nothing, just as babies do now.  He also left this world with nothing when He died on the cross for all our sins.  He did not even have a tomb to be buried in.  A tomb had to be bought to lay Him in.  When He was born, people brought gifts for Mary and Joseph to have for Jesus.  Jesus lived a servant lifestyle, never showing the wealth that He possessed.

You through His poverty might become rich.  In all of the poverty that Jesus endured on Earth, he showed us His riches.  His riches that include salvation from sin.  This gift is worth more than all the money in the world.  This gift is everlasting life, apart from sin, pain, suffering, crying, and bad health.  Even if we do not have a penny to our name, if we have Jesus, we are the richest person in the world.  Jesus’s gift is worth so much because it is not of this world.  It is like a savings plan for the future that is redeemable at the time of death.  Once the physical death occurs, we get to experience the spiritual life where there is no death.  We become rich through the riches of Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father,

You know what we need, when we need it  We need wealth but not the wealth that we are thinking of.  Your wealth comes in the form of salvation from sin.  We need You and Your Son, who died on the cross for us.  We need salvation.  Thank You for providing us a way to be with You forever.  We do not need tons of money.  We do not need tons of stuff.  We need Jesus.  With Your Son, we have everything.  With Your Son, we get You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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