He Became Poor

untitledFor ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.   II Corinthians 8:9

Christ became poor – He left the riches of heaven for us. His poverty is not just His descent from heaven, but can also be seen in His earthly life. At His birth He had no cradle – He was born in a borrowed manger. At His triumphal entry – the King had to borrow a colt to ride into Jerusalem. At the Last Supper with His disciples – they met in a borrowed upper room. And in His death – He was laid in a borrowed tomb. He became poor. Why? That we through His poverty might be rich! Christ gave up so much that we might be rich in Him. What have you given up for Him? In Frances Havergal’s hymn, I Gave My Life for Thee, the thought-provoking question is posed – I gave, I gave My life for thee, What has thou giv’n for Me?  What is your answer?


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