family were poor folks, just “blue collar” working
people. We know that by the sacrificial offering that
they took to the temple at Mary’s purification.
she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two
turtledoves or two young pigeons…So the priest shall
make atonement for her, and she will be clean”
when the days of her [Mary] purification according to
the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him
[Jesus] to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord….and to
offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law
of the Lord, ‘A pair of turtledoves or two young
pigeons’ ” (Luke 2:22, 24).
as He was
traveling, someone said to Jesus, “Lord, I
will follow You wherever You go.” But Jesus
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but
the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke
9:57-58). The King of kings didn’t have an earthly
palatial bedroom to retire to at the end of a weary day
of walking and teaching.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery
to be equal with God: But
made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the
form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And
being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”
Jesus was going to Jerusalem on His death march toward the
city, crowds accompanied Him shouting “Hosanna! Blessed
is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of
Israel” (John 12:13); accolades of praise to Him.
They waved palm branches in His honor, thinking He was
at this time ready to assume the throne and overthrow
the tyranny of the Roman government. They just
didn't understand that while He was indeed fully human,
He was the Son of God who would free them from the
bondage of sin; not the cruel Roman government.
down at Jerusalem one day, He wept, “If you
had known, even you, especially in this your day, the
things that make for your peace! But now they are
hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:41-42). "Poor"
Jesus was rejected by His own who "received Him not"
had been their “Man of the Hour” as they joined the
triumphal march into Jerusalem, but now the “Hosanna”
crowd-cry changed to “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
They followed Him from trial to trial, observed the
beatings, saw the mocking robe placed on his raw
bleeding back. They saw the thorns from the
mocking crown pierce His brow and their eyes beheld Him
being hit on the head with a stick they had mockingly
placed in His hands as a scepter. They saw the
bloody ribbons of quivering muscle tissue hanging from
His battered body.
very ones He came to redeem rejected Him as Savior.
When Pilate suggested that he let Jesus go, they
refused that offer and demanded a criminal be released
instead. “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” they cried.
look at what Jesus came to earth to accomplish.
the Old Covenant, consciousness of sin didn’t leave as a
result of the substitutionary sacrifice of animals for
sin. That sacrifice only covered the sins of the
people and then only from year to year. Every year, the
high priest had to offer sacrifices again, send the
scape goat into the wilderness, symbolically carrying
their sins. Daily sacrifices were offered on the
temple altar; daily rituals of the priests were carried
out to stay the judgment of God until another Day of
new day had dawned; Jesus bought it with His
blood! The ultimate, perfect Day of Atonement was
is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could
take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). “But this Man
[Jesus] after He had offered one sacrifice [Himself]
for sins forever, sat down [work completed] at
the right hand of God…For by one offering He has
perfected forever those who are being sanctified…Their
sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”
(Hebrews 10:12, 14,17).
became poor so we could become rich—in Him! He left
His riches and the
splendors of Heaven, came to earth as a baby in a poor
family, was born in a barn (probably a cave used for
animal shelter) without the assistance of an attending physician. His birth could have been in the king’s
palace, tended by servants for His every need and want,
but He was born poor, lived a Spartan life and associated with the
poor. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for
our sins and died a pauper’s death on the cruel cross;
His blood spilled to take away our sins.
completed His Father's will, “Poor
Jesus” is now sitting at the right hand of God the
Father, exercising His authority to make us heirs of the
priceless gift He became poor to purchase. That
purchase cost Him everything! Because He gave His all,
we are joint-heirs to all that our Father God has. That
is quite beyond human comprehension! It matters not if we
have little or an abundance of this world’s goods,
that’s not where our wealth lies. Everything on this
earth is temporal, subject to decay, ruin and loss. Our
true wealth is ensconced in a bank that will never fail,
never have illegal transactions endangering our
treasures and is drawing interest that we can spend now.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given
him a name which is above every name: That at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth, And that
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
poverty brought great riches—beyond measure--to those
who bow now and proclaim Him Lord. "Poor" Jesus
fully accomplished what He came to do: Procure
eternal salvation for those who bow to his Lordship.
Those who don't bow and acknowledge Him now, will
bow, but to their damnation. It is absolutely
inevitable that everyone will bow and proclaim "Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father"!
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord, and this shall be a sign unto
you, Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger, And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:11-14).
Jesus” is no longer a pauper on earth; He is King of
Kings, Lord of Lords and will be forever!
Jesus gave the greatest, most expensive, most precious
gift of all time—Himself! He expressed the love
that His Father had for those whom Jesus loved~~
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
that’s the “real” meaning of Christmas!
Our Christmas Greeting is here