“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”  (II Corinthians 8:9)

Incarnation; the Word became flesh (John 1:14); Immanuel, God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23); God sent forth His Son, born of a woman (Galatians 4:4); He shared in flesh and blood (Hebrews 2:14); He emptied Himself, being made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7).

My last blog post was about two poverty-stricken, cave-dwelling brothers in Hungary who are set to inherit an estate of $6.6 billion from their recently deceased grandmother.  Their rags to riches story parallels our transformation from spiritually bankrupt, hopeless sinners to heirs of the eternal kingdom of God through rebirth and adoption in Jesus Christ.  Yet, in order for us to inherit such spiritual wealth, God’s Son had to become poor.  The Creator laid aside the glory and grandeur of heaven to become enveloped in human flesh, miraculously conceived within the womb of Mary, born weak and helpless like any other baby, swaddled, and laid in the humble surroundings of a feeding trough.  Frank Houghton beautifully expressed the wonder of the Incarnation in his Christmas hymn, Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becomes poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
    Saviour and King, we worship thee.     

This, He truly did for love’s sake!  This, He truly did for our sake!

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