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.
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.
It’s hard to call a gift so dear, so scandalously beautiful, our own….
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