8.) Joy to the World! The Lord Has Come!
By Rev. Oliver W. Price
We pray that this season and through the coming year you will experience all the blessings the Lord Jesus Christ came to give us.
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
While He lived in heaven the Lord Jesus Christ was rich. He had everything that belonged to Him as God the Son. He reigned in majesty supreme in heaven. He was the owner of all things. He was full of joy and perfectly satisfied.
When He became a man he laid aside all His wealth. He spent His first night in a smelly place with the cattle. He grew up in a carpenter's home. When He became an adult He said, The foxes have holes and the birds have their nests but the Son of man has no place to lay His head."
When He paid the temple tax He sent Peter to catch a fish which had a coin in his mouth worth enough to pay it. When died He had no earthly possessions but the clothes He wore. The ultimate poverty was His death between two criminals.
He became poor and despised that He might forgive our sins and share with us His own wealth of spirit and His position of favor and power at the Father's right hand. So we are rich. God has given us everything we need to share His abundant life here and to prepare for life in heaven for all eternity.
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift."
(2 Corinthians 9:15)
Keep your heart in tune with God and enjoy all His blessings.