2 Corinthians 8:9
Posted October 21, 2015
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 by his poverty might become rich.
Is there anything that grips the human heart more than a “rags to riches” story? Almost all of the great stories of our time are infused with this notion of a triumphant underdog – from Cinderella to Oliver Twist, from Frodo to Forrest Gump. It’s as if the human heart was built to long for redemption.
Jesus Christ laid aside all of the eternal riches and glory and honor and majesty of Heaven when He stooped down to earth and took on the form of a man. He was born in a feeding trough, lived a humble & perfect life, and died a painful death in earthly poverty. The magnitude of His sacrifice is incomprehensible, but it was not without purpose. Christ went from riches to rags so that we might go from rags to riches. This is the grace of Jesus that Paul points the Corinthian church to in the beginning of this verse. This is the very Gospel itself, the greatest redemption story ever told.
Apart from this grace, man is completely lost- separated from God by sin for all eternity. Yet for those who believe the Gospel, human poverty is instantly replaced by divine riches through Christ. The believer’s tattered rags are wrapped up in the white robes of Christ’s righteousness and he is ushered into the kingdom, to the palace of God- given direct access to the King Himself! Just as the sacrifice of Jesus is incomprehensible, so are the great heights to which we lowly sinners are lifted!
What then is our response to this “rags to riches” Gospel Paul presents in 2 Corinthians? Once we begin to understand the riches we have been given in Christ, we also become generous givers of these riches to others! We begin to lay our lives down so that others may experience the glorious riches of His grace as well. The stooping & lifting, “rags to riches” redemption story multiplies and continues through His body, the Church- to the praise of His glorious grace!
Song by Hannah Glavor.
Production + mix by Grant Harold.
Artwork by Rachel Jacobson.
Devotional by Emery Clark.