by Debbie Wilson
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 through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor. 8:9 NIV
This verse plays through my mind at Christmas. In light of it, let’s consider who Jesus was before the first Christmas, what He gave up to come here, who He is now, and the glorious future promised to all who know Him.
Before the First Christmas—Jesus Was Rich
Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth Isaiah saw Him in His glory (Jn. 12:41). Look at Isaiah’s description. “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and lofty throne. The bottom of his robe filled the temple. Angels were standing above him. Each had six wings: With two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They called to each other and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory. Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts, and the temple filled with smoke” (Isaiah 1:1-4 GW).
At the First Christmas—Jesus Became Poor
The One Isaiah saw “made himself nothing” by coming to earth as a baby and later dying on a cross (Philippians 2:5-11). “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. … ‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:7, 12 NIV).
Today, Jesus Reigns on High
Jesus reigns in heaven in indescribable glory today. “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades’” (Revelation 1:12-18 NIV).
That You Might Become Rich
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He promised He would prepare a place for us in heaven so that we can join Him (John 14:2-3). Read how this Scripture describes our glorious future with Him.
“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’
“And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children’” (Revelation 21:3-6 NLT).
Has your image of Jesus grown beyond the baby in the manger? This Christmas let’s rejoice in the One who, “died for us and was raised to life for us, and…is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (Romans 8:34 NLT).
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About the author: Drawing from her walk with Christ, and years as a Christian counselor, coach, and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women give themselves a break so they can enjoy fruitful and grace-filled lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big Godand Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, was released in February 2020.
She and her husband Larry founded and run Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit counseling, coaching, and Bible study ministry. She is an AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) certified speaking and writing coach. Debbie enjoys a good mystery, dark chocolate, and the antics of her two standard poodles. Refresh your faith with free resources at debbieWwilson.com.
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