For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV84)
It’s a true story. Two brothers living just outside of Budapest, Hungary, were very poor. They had no job except finding scrap metal in the streets and selling it to junkyards. They had no home except a small, dirty cave in the woods. They struggled just to survive. Then one day a charity worker came looking for them with news that would change their lives forever. As it turned out, their wealthy grandmother—who they didn’t even know existed—had just passed away and left them a fortune of 7 billion dollars. The two homeless brothers were suddenly richer than they could ever have possibly imagined.
The story made headlines and captured the interest of people all around the world. It’s an incredible story! It’s a true story. And it’s very similar to your story.
Ever since the fall into sin, people like you and me have been born into this world spiritually homeless, impoverished, and unable to provide for ourselves. On our own, we have no shot at eternal life. But on that special night above the fields in Bethlehem, a choir of angels came looking for us with news that changed our lives forever. “Today, a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.”
Our eyes well up and our hearts melt once again as we realize what the angels are saying. True God, with all the power and majesty and wealth of heaven, has set it aside so he can live in poverty on earth. The Son of Man has been born in a humble manger. He will wander through this life with no place to lay his head. He will be hungry, thirsty, lonely, and exhausted. He will sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, be arrested, beaten, and tortured. Finally he will die a disgraceful death on a cross outside the city gate—naked, alone, and with nothing.
But Jesus chose this life of poverty and death, having nothing, so that he could give you and me everything. Jesus’ perfect life has made us spotless and holy in God’s sight, warm and welcomed as his own dear children. Jesus’ perfect death has washed away every one of our sins.
Jesus’ resurrection from the grave guarantees us eternal life in heaven.
The little baby in the manger at Christmas is not just a warm, fuzzy reminder of happiness, or a cute centerpiece for a Nativity scene. That little baby in the manger has all the wealth of the eternal kingdom of heaven, and he has come to give it to you. He is your ticket to “an inheritance that will never perish, spoil, or fade—kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
God’s true love has made you rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Prayer：Thank you, dear God, for sending your Son to give us his colossal fortune. Because of Jesus our poverty is gone and eternal riches are ours forever. Help us to share our incredible story with everyone we can. Amen.