Tuesday, December 25, 2012

This is The Gift

I'm going to try to put into words what the Lord showed me this morning. And you all probably already know this, but I just got it, so bear with me :)

2 Corinthians is kind of my go to book (along with Psalms), so I feel like I've read it a bunch. But this morning one of the verses was written at the end of Jesus Calling, and it was like it was the first time I'd ever read it.

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." --2 Corinthians 8:9

Jesus let go of His riches--not earthly riches, heavenly riches--to become poor in every sense (in comparison to the treasures of Heaven: knowing and being God) so that we, though poor in spirit and in life, may have everlasting riches in Heaven. 

He became poor so that we could be rich.

Not just His life was sacrificed; not just His communion with the Father, but His riches--because eternally He is rich. He endured this life for a short while to give us eternal treasure--eternal life--eternal communion--with Him. So that we may know the face of God, forever. 

This is the gift He gave over two thousand years ago. He sacrificed Himself. He--our King--came down from His throne and gave up His Heavenly home to know the suffering and pain and evil of the world--to know separation from God--and eternal separation at that, because He knows eternity past and eternity evermore, so forever He will know the wretchedness of hell.

He became a baby--helpless, yet Holy. That grew into a boy, who became a man, who was faithful with those the Lord gave Him. Who passed on His Light, who was killed on the cross, who rose again, who has been restored, forever to His true place, at God's right hand.

Who by doing so, gave us the hope of a life to come and a treasure so great we can only imagine. One day we will know the face of our Father, and rejoice in His radiant presence,

This is the gift of Christmas. 

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