Reflecting on the amazing grace of Yahshua, Paul wrote, “…though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” [2 Corinthians 8:9]. What a challenging, thought-provoking picture. How would you describe yourself? Rich or poor? This scripture isn’t about finances, for “money is the lowest form of riches” [J. Oswald Sanders]. The highest values in life cannot be measured in pounds and pence or stocks and shares. “The highest riches are not material, but moral and spiritual, and our assets of this nature are pitiful” [J.O. Sanders]. When Yahshua came to earth He “stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being” [Philippians 2:7, Amplified]. So, in taking on our humanity He became poor!
Yahshua’s heavenly status was not measured by our standards. He was the cherished Son, through Whom and for Whom everything was created and made [John 1:3; Colossians 1:16]. What was most precious to Him? In a prayer on the night He was arrested, Yahshua said to His Father, “You loved me before the creation of the World” [John 17:24]. Above all things, surely, to be loved by His Father would be Yahshua’s richest treasure. Being unconditionally loved is one of the richest of life’s experiences. When we consider that Yahshua laid aside His heavenly status to fulfil His Father’s will, we can only begin to understand the depth of His poverty.
Yahshua came to grow as we grow, to learn as we learn, to work, live, and experience all the pain and suffering we feel. He came from heaven’s harmony to earth’s discord to be misunderstood, rejected, hated, misrepresented, and crucified. He experienced our poverty so we could receive His immeasurable richness. Not just a mention in His will, or a few rich crumbs from His table, but our wonderful Yahshua makes us joint heirs with Him [Romans 8:17], promising that if we overcome, He will grant us the privilege of sitting with Him on His throne [Revelation 3:21].