“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.”
2 Cor. 8:9
On this Christmas Day consider His riches.
He made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth. He does not live in temples made by mortals, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives all mankind life and breath and everything.
Consider His riches. His companionship was and is with the greatest Good. He does all that He pleases. Everyday goes just as He imagined it. He laughs. He is deeply happy.
On this Christmas Day consider His poverty.
The King of the universe is conceived in the womb of a young woman into a world where life is cheap. Two years later, a worldly king, grasping the deception of the Magi, did not blink an eye at the slaughter of male infants in the very village He was to be born nine months later.
Consider His poverty. He was dependent upon the care and protection of a young couple new to this responsibility of parenting. He was born into a home without much means. When he was brought into the temple to be presented to the Lord, his father and mother offered a sacrifice appropriate for the poorest of the poor.
Consider His poverty. He is questioned by His own family, rejected by His own people. He is betrayed by His own friend. He is mocked, hit and spat upon by those He came to save.
Consider His poverty. He sets aside His rights as God and takes the form of a servant learning obedience to the Father, dependent through prayer, living the life we ought to live. His trust in the Father leads Him to an obedience to suffer the shame of the cross.
Consider His poverty. He becomes spiritually bankrupt. The Father rejects Him pouring out His wrath on His Son for sin that is not His; for sin that is ours.
On this Christmas Day consider your riches.
In Christ, You are adopted by a Father who asks you to call Him, “Daddy.” You have a brother. His name is Jesus. You have His Spirit within you for navigation through this world. You have an inheritance that is untouched by this fallen world. You have a hope and a future.
On this Christmas Day, consider this. He who was rich became poor so that you might be rich.