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Tuesday, June 13th, '17

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PO' NO MO'!

"...he has anointed me, to preach the gospel to the poor..." (Luke 4:18)

 

Gospel means good news. What is good news to a poor man? That he doesn't have to be po' no mo'. Jesus became poor that "we might become rich"; yea, rich in the spiritual realm. But He wills that you prosper physically as well, "as your soul prospers" (3 John 2). Obviously, the inside is greater than the outside, but the inner always manifests in the outer. Poverty is the work of the destroyer (Proverbs 10:15). It is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy, not God. Poverty is never a blessing in disguise. It is the ruin of hope, ambition and courage for all who accept it. Our redemption is financial, social and physical as much as spiritual. He became sin that we might become righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21), and He became sick that we might become whole (Isaiah 53:5,10 Hebrew meaning), so are we to interpret any differently that "he became poor that we through his poverty might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9)?

 

What poverty? He was poor only in that He gave up everything at the cross. At age two kings brought Him offerings of gold to finance his family's trip to Egypt. In youth He was a celebrated craftsman. Everyone knew His trade - "Is not this the carpenter?" In ministry He had many "that provided for Him of their substance" (Luke 8:3). He had partners. And a full-time treasurer, a crooked one at that, Judas. What poor man needs a full-time CPA? Mary poured costly perfume on Jesus' head and feet. He didn't refuse the gift or complain, "You shouldn't have done that; I'm on a vow of poverty". Judas wanted it sold and the money added to his bulging bank account. Others wanted it sold and given "to the poor". If Jesus was so poor shouldn't they have sold the perfume and spent it on Him? He wore a garment so expensive that soldiers gambled for it beneath the cross. It was a seamless robe. I can't speak for you, but every piece of clothing in my closet has a seam somewhere. That was a royal garment.

 

Jesus is the gospel. He came to preach the gospel to the poor. He is our Example and we're to become more like Him every day. If Jesus was the picture of poverty then sell your house and go live on the streets. But that would be the opposite of what the gospel teaches. Jesus had a house (John 1:39), and He was taking care of His mother in her older age (John 19:27). Traveling all over Israel with a staff of twelve costs money. Get the portrait of a poor Jesus out of your head. He came to remove the curse of poverty. He died for that cause. Don't insult the finished work by tolerating what He banished.


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