God Became Man – His Poverty, Our Riches
Christmas is the celebration and wonder of God becoming man!
J.I. Packer wrote about the birth of Christ in his book Knowing God. He said: “It is here…at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. ‘The Word became flesh’; God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby…‘It meant a laying aside of glory – a voluntary restraint of power; an acceptance of hardship, isolation, ill-treatment, malice and misunderstanding; ‘…at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later he might hang on a cross. It’s the most wonderful message that the world has ever heard, or will hear. ‘The Christmas spirit is the spirit of those, who like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor – spending and being spent – to enrich their fellow humans, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others – not just with their own friends – in whatever way there seems need. “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.” If we desire spiritual quickening for ourselves individually, one step we should take is to seek to cultivate this spirit.”
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