He Gave the Very Best
A magazine article recently described the shopping spree of a
extremely rich man buying gifts for his family. Among the things he bought
were nineteen Cadillacs, for which he paid extra to have them
lengthened. Then he purchased two Porsches and six Mercedes, a $40,000
speedboat and a truck to haul it in, sixteen refrigerators and a stack
of luggage. For good measure he added two Florida grapefruit
trees, two reclining chairs and a slot machine. The total bill was
$1,500,000 -- plus $194,000 to have it all delivered.
There are only a few people in the world as rich, or richer, than
that man. When they give gifts, they can afford to give the best.
But all their possessions combined are nothing compared to the vast
wealth owned by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the Creator of the
Universe. He said a word and galaxies were born. "For by Him
were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in
earth...all things were created by Him, and for Him" (Colossians 1:16) Christ
is rich in power and position for He said, "All authority is given unto
Me in Heaven and in earth."(Matthew 28:18) He knows that true riches --
love, joy, peace --cannot be purchased with a credit card or check. God
knew that no amount of material wealth could raise man out of his spiritual
poverty. So almost 2,000 years ago He gave the best gift. God sent His
Son to be our Savior.
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was
rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be
rich." (Corinthians 8:9)
"He became poor." While Jesus was on earth, He was poor in
possessions for He had no real home. Even the tomb in which His followers
laid His body was borrowed.
But more than that, Jesus Christ, the Creator of the Universe, took
on the form and limitations of His creatures. He became poor in position,
The first became last; the Sovereign became the Servant. (Philippians
2:7) Lepers came to Him and were made clean; the blind asked for sight
and received it. Harlots came to His feet and were forgiven.
But Jesus's greatest sacrifice was when He gave His life on the
Cross for you and me. Salvation for our sins cost us nothing; it cost Him
How can Jesus make you rich? By giving you Himself. When you
receive the Savior,you have forgiveness of sins because of His death for
you.(Colossians 1:14) Because He was raised from the dead and now sits at
the Father's right hand in Heaven, He gives you eternal life and you
are adopted into God's family. (John 5:24) By God's grace you become a
"joint heir" with Christ. (Romans 8:17) And daily He Gives you power for
living. (Philippians 4:13)
God gave the very best. Are you spiritually poor? You can be rich.
The Bible says" If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9) Receive Him and the Riches He died to
give you can be yours. -- Robin Sheffield
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