Jesus left the riches and purity of heaven to become flesh for us.
He put it all aside, exchanging it for poverty and filth.
Why would the King of kings do something so incredulous?
It was because He had compassion on us in the midst of our hopeless depravity.
He knew we were desperately poor—without any hint of true righteousness to our names. We have never had one good deed to rub together with another to put towards the massive debt that must be paid to enter His kingdom.
“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)
The glorious reason behind Christmas is that Jesus embraced poverty in order to make us rich.The glorious reason behind Christmas is that Jesus embraced poverty in order to make us rich. Click To Tweet
We become rich through His everlasting love and the redemption of His blood. When He saves us, He becomes our eternal King of kings.
One day, when we breathe our last breath, the circumstances will be reversed:
Because a pure King left the splendor of heaven to enter this depraved world as a baby to give His life, His poverty made it possible for us to leave the miserable filth of this groaning, cursed earth—free from the shackles of sin, adopted as His royal sons and daughters, and made into citizens of heaven.Because a pure King left the splendor of heaven as a baby to enter this depraved world to give His life, His poverty made it possible for us to leave this groaning, cursed earth. Click To Tweet
It’s hard to call a gift so dear, so scandalously beautiful, our own.
But, believe this in the quiet hush of Christmas day:
Jesus came into the world as a baby—God became flesh—to rescue us (Jhn 1:14).
Compassion kept His tiny infant heart beating that night.
Because He knew just how desperately we needed such a glorious gift. And He was—and is!—deeply good to bestow it upon whoever puts all their hope and trust in Him.
Be drawn by His extravagant love today. Every desire you feel beating in your heart to know Him comes from His hand (Hosea 11:4).
He draws us with love. He saves us by love. He is love. And He is for you!
“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:15-17)