2 Corinthians 8:9
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.
Often at Christmas we focus only on Jesus’ humble birth. It is the ultimate in human interest stories – a poor baby who had to be delivered in a stable because the inn was full. Imagine the headlines today if this happened. Some would slam the innkeeper and the capitalist system that forced the baby to be born in a manger. Others would see the compassion in offering the manger when there was nowhere else to stay.
Jesus gave up far more than a bit of comfort to become a man however. He left the majesty of heaven to experience life at its worst. In His life, Jesus was mocked, threatened, rejected, betrayed, lied to, lied about, beaten, and ultimately executed in a way that was so barbaric that Roman citizens could not even be subjected to it.
But Jesus did it all for us. His pain is our gain. We now have access through grace to everything that Jesus gave up.
Sometimes we don’t feel very rich in life. There are bills to pay and needs to fill and charities to give to. We’re not promised to be made rich monetarily. If this were the case, people would flock to Christianity like a get rich quick scheme.
Grace is something that we can never buy and gives us a richness that surpasses financial security. We have a God whom we can rely on no matter how difficult things become in life. And we have a home in heaven awaiting us. This is true richness.