Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:
8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 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.
Observation: This is just one of the exchanges that Christ made for us on the cross.
Application: Several years ago I heard an Evangelist named Terry Law describe what took place on the cross as a divine exchange. Since then I’ve shared that teaching with many, and even developed a gospel illusion card trick to illustrate it to young people.
In any exchange there is a trade of things from one person to another. There are many things that happened when Christ went to the cross for you and I. He took several bad things from us and gave us several good things. Our scripture this morning is one of those exchanges that He made for us. Jesus took our poverty, and gave us his riches.
Jesus was in a position of wealth as He was in heaven by the side of The Father, sharing in all The Father’s wealth, power and privilege. He gave all that up so that He could come down to earth and take on a frail human body. He became poor, so that He could give us the riches of heaven and we could share in His inheritance from God. What a deal huh? It beats anything you’ll find in our economy today! You may be thinking, well where are all those riches? You may wonder about those things because you are looking at it with the eyes of the world, the eyes of flesh. But if you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you have riches that are immeasurable, you are rich – you have abundance beyond belief! Praise to God the Father and His Son Jesus for taking the riches of heaven, and not considering them something that should be kept from the likes of an unworthy child such as me.
Prayer: God The Father,
Thank you for sending Jesus and for the work that you have done so that I may share in His inheritance. Thank you for taking my poverty, and blessing me with your riches!