Devotionals & Poems

Christ’s advent

It is almost beyond our human comprehension that the Co-Creator of the entire universe would become an implanted seed, leaving the riches of heaven and be born of a woman into the poverty of fallen humanity; but “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor…” 2 Corinthians 8:9. He was born in a cattle’s feeding place, not a palace, Luke 2:7; He was obviously raised in a poor family as is evidenced by the offering they brought at His presentation to the Lord, which was the offering of the poor according to the Law, Leviticus 12:2, 8 & Luke 2:22-24; He had no house to call His own while on earth, Luke 9:58; He often spent the night on the Mount of Olives, not in a guarded palace, Luke 21:37 & 22:39 (likely spending much of that time in prayer); He sent Peter fishing to raise money for His taxes, Matthew 17:27; He used a borrowed donkey colt upon which to ride, Matthew 21:2-7; He was not served by servants but rather came to serve, Matthew 20:28; He did not exclusively or generally choose the elite of society to be His closest associates, but was a friend to and of the common people, the despised, the needy, Luke 7:34, 15:2 &19:7. He did all this to bring the gift of God to us, and “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12, so that we “…through His poverty we might become rich” 2 Corinthians 8:9, with the eternal riches of heaven! And He calls to all, “Come to me…” Matthew 11:28, “And it shall come to pass that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Acts 2:21. And forevermore “His name will be called wonderful…” Isaiah 9:6.

He did it for us

By Rose Hill

From heaven’s glory He came down,

In a palace rich He was not found.

He had no house to call His own,

The one who in heaven had a throne.

He came down God’s gift to give,

So that through His death we can live.

Then our response to Him should be,

To call for His gift so rich and free.

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Co. used by permission.

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