For Your Sakes

II Corinthians 8:For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Whatever Christmas holds, if it’s better or worse than other years, one thing remains the same.  The whole world has a Savior because of Christmas.  All the planning from the beginning of time was not to give God something to do.  It was for our sakes.  Don’t forget that.

We have no idea about tomorrow.  The rapture may take place.  If not, we don’t know what shape we’ll be in or what shape the world will be in.  One thing remains the same.  Jesus gave us something.  It was not a material thing.  It was for our soul.  Through his grace, not our merit, we were saved.  None of us was saved because we deserved it.  Instead of destroying us God sent nothing less than his only begotten son.  He was willing to go as low as we’ve ever been.  He suffered so he could fully and forever be our Savior.  He spoke all he did for our sakes.  He never fails.  How many times we fail him.

The world tries to find fulfillment in an empty yuletide season.  It’s foolish.  No wonder there are so many suicides.  The truth of Christmas and Easter stares them in the face but they want to blow it off.  There is no Merry Christmas without Jesus.  If we have no presents, we still have Jesus.  Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!

The angel told the shepherds there was good news.  Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  When the angel spoke to Mary she said be it unto me according to thy word.  The best thing we can do is put our trust in the Lord now and for eternity.  The gift of God was in a manger, the poorest of the poor, the weakest of the weak, and the smallest of the small that through his poverty we might be rich.  We’re rich in our soul.  Hang on to Jesus.  Too many give him up.  You’ll never find anyone more valuable than the child born of a virgin and laid in a manger.  He was raised in Nazareth and died on the cross for our sins, for our sakes.

When John leaped in Elisabeth’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, in turn Mary began to speak.  My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  God regarded her low estate.  He chose her and she thanked him that he chose a nobody.  He should have come to a well-to-do family but he didn’t.  Many seek for recognition in today’s world.  Seek to be recognized by Jesus.  He has regarded our low estate.  He saw our condemnation.  If we got what we deserved he would have destroyed us.  Yet when he cried in Mary’s arms he was Savior.  The shepherds found a Savior.  The wise men found a Savior.  When we called on the Lord we were convinced we had a Savior.

Jesus brought the grace of God to us and through his poverty and his love we are rich.  We’ll leave this body behind for a mansion one day.  Never consider yourself poor.

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