Jesus Was Not Poor

2 Corinthians 8:9  .. You know of the loving-favor shown by our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, but He became poor for your good. In that way, because He became poor, you might become rich.

This verse of the Bible has led many believers to imagine our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, to be a poor man while He walked the earth. And that following in His footsteps, we are to be poor as well.   But this verse is truly about the covenant exchange between God and man.  There is no doubt that He gave up much riches in heaven, when He made the decision to come to this earth.  Compared to His life in heaven, His life on earth may have seemed relatively poor.  But, by man’s standards, Jesus was no poor man.  Here is some scripture to explain ..

Luke 9:13 .. But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing more than five loaves of bread and two fish-unless we go and buy food for all these people.”

Jesus does take this opportunity to provide a feeding miracle for the masses.  However, He does tell the disciples to feed them.  In the book of John, the disciples disagree with Jesus over having to go and spend a year’s wages to feed the hungry crowd.  However, He must have had the money or He would not have told His disciples to go and buy food for the huge crowd.

John 19:23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

The very garments of Jesus had enough value that the Roman soldiers gambled over His clothing.  And remember, Jesus had a treasurer which means He had a treasury.  There was theft concerning this treasury for over 3 years, that was not discovered until Jesus made mention the fact.

Jesus was tempted as all men are tempted.  The Bible is filled with warnings about riches becoming a god to man.  Therefore, prosperity would have been a greater temptation than poverty.  God does not come against us having riches, but He does warn us not to allow the riches to have us.  Money in and of itself, is not good nor evil.  It is the motivation and the attitudes towards money, that God is concerned with in each person’s life.  It is wrong to allow money to take the place of God in our minds or in our hearts.  When money becomes our focus or when money becomes our god, then riches have become a stumblingblock for the Christian.

Jesus had twelve disciples that gave up everything to follow Him.  There had to be money to support them.  Just as today, riches are needed for the kingdom of God to continue to grow and become established on this earth.

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12 Responses to Jesus Was Not Poor

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  2. beonguyen says:

    here is a very good source for your investigation: (VATICAN CONFIRMATION that JOSEPH of ARIMATHAEA (the VIRGIN’s uncle) went to ENGLAND and continued the Conversion of the BRITISH.)

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  4. ptl2010 says:

    We should save and not hoard. Saving involves saving for a rainy day. Hoarding means building bigger and bigger barns to store our riches.Savings are for our needs beyond which we can afford to share with brothers and sisters and the poor. The amount is different for each person’s needs but you know it when all you think about is getting more for status enhancements and not just for living to survive.

    • debradoo says:

      True! Having the abundant life provided to us by Jesus, is not about having a big fat bank account that just sits to get fatter. In our own prosperity, we are to use our wealth to reach out and help others.

  5. granbee says:

    We must not confuse the spiritual gifts and riches brought to earth for us by Jesus, the Christ, with purely material, worldly riches. That being said, I do agree that we must have a certain amount of this world’s goods (all given by Our Heavenly Father!) to keep body and soul together and to facilitate sharing the Good News! But we must remember who the treasurer was for The Twelve, right? And we must remember that the second we get our priorities confused, we will no longer be inheritors with Christ of all of the Kingdom’s riches, material or otherwise! It is always a matter of balance, of priorities, of focus. May your 2012 be filled with light and love and laughter and peace!

    • debradoo says:

      Thanks grandee. I find often, there is as much danger in the pride and arrogance that is often associated with those that fear material and worldly riches, as there is in those that are trusting in their riches. I truly believe that spiritual riches can and do include the material things as well. It is all a matter of the heart and attitude towards money and earthly riches, that God is concerned with, and not the money or things themselves. That was the point I was aiming to make in the original post. And Amen, it truly is a matter of balance and priorities. Be blessed!

  6. 237blessed says:

    Be blessed as we all look forward to that greater treasure that is in Heaven, spiritual treasure that nourishes and serves the fellowship of the Lord. Be ever blessed. 🙂

  7. sisterdot56 says:

    And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

    – Genesis 3:15 (NIV)HAPY NEW YEARS FRIND””DOT

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