BECOMING POOR TO BECOME CHRISTIANS
By Dr. David L. Robbins
All over the world people are preparing for the celebration of Christmas. "It's the most wonderful time of the
year!" Christians delight in the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, in Bethlehem. The Apostle Paul summarized
the advent most powerfully in 2 Corinthians 8:9 "You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich."
Jesus embodied poverty. He was introduced by
the poignant prophet, John the Baptist. This
powerful preacher was the bearded, camel
skinned voice calling
everyone to repent and to
be baptized as an act of
repentance. The religious
elite of that day could not
grasp the simple act of humbling that John called
them to. They were too proud. They should have
welcomed John gladly, turned from their wickedness
and prepared to follow Jesus immediately. Jesus
refused to become one of them. Rather Jesus exposed
their horrid pretense and re-emphasized their need
for cleansing from phoney religious outward show.
Christmas is about the call of Christ to each of us to
become poor. To begin with we need to welcome
the posture of Jesus as our own.
Secondly, a break with the false gods of our age is
required. Moses was the instrument of the decisive
battle in his day with the ten prominent gods of Egypt.
The ten plagues were unleashed
by our God to bring repentance
and faith to the Egyptians. These
Egyptians, beginning with the
powerful Pharaoh, refused to
submit to the One True God of creation and redemption.
How utterly foolish! The entire army of Egypt was
drowned the bottom of the sea.
During our lifetime we have seen Canada become
more and more mesmerized by the false gods of our
multicultural nation. Even the immigrants from many
countries are shaken by the hopelessness of secularism.
Atheism and agnosticism provide absolute despair
without any hope. Canada needs Christmas! The Christ
who lives within us is the precise need of our land.
Finally, the poverty of Christ to be displayed is the life of
Christ in each of our lives. "Submit to one another out
of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:21). Give up our
privileges just like Jesus gave up His rights. Accept the
honour of serving as a slave (See Philippians 2:3 – 8).
Every born again Christian is called to concur with
the Apostle Paul. "We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake"
(2 Corinthians 4:5).
posted on November 28, 2018