The Meaning of Christmas
Wednesday December 11th, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 8:9
In these weeks leading up to Christmas, we are seeking to understand the real meaning of Christmas with our key verse:
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich” (2 Cor 8:9)
There are three main points within this verse that give greater meaning to Jesus’ birth, and explain why we have hope as Christians. Last week, we looked at the first point of this verse: He was rich. Today, we look at the second: He became poor…
What does it mean that Christ became poor? He was rich in eternity, and became poor in time. He left heaven for a little village, to join a despised race and to be born of an obscure teenage peasant girl. He was wrapped in rags and placed in a feeding trough. This we all know.
However, notice that Jesus became poor. He was not made poor, like we are. We are made poor by circumstances, while Jesus, of His own free will, becamepoor. He voluntarily gave up the riches of heaven for poverty on earth. This is something we could never do. It is beyond us. Yet, here is the heart of the gospel: the richest person in the universe, of His own accord, became poorer than the poor. This is called, the incarnation.
John 1:14 explains it as, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Why would Jesus choose this? The answer is both simple and profound. He became like us because that was the only way He could save us. He became poor like us, so we would forever hear Him saying, “I love you.”
Jesus gave up the glories of Heaven for the misery of earth, so that one day we might share the glories of heaven with Him, and become rich ourselves.