He gave His very best
A magazine article recently described the shopping spree of a extremely rich man buying gifts for his family. Among the things he bought were nineteen Cadillacs, for which he paid extra to have them lengthened. Then he purchased two Porsches and six Mercedes, a $40,000 speedboat and a truck to haul it in, sixteen refrigerators and a stack of luggage. For good measure he added two Florida grapefruit trees, two reclining chairs and a slot machine. The total bill was $1,500,000 -- plus $194,000 to have it all delivered.
There are only a few people in the world as rich, or richer, than that man. When they give gifts, they can afford to give the best. But all their possessions combined are nothing compared to the vast wealth owned by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Jesus is the Creator of the Universe. He said a word and galaxies were born. "For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth ... all things were created by Him, and for Him." (Colossians 1:16)
Christ is rich in power and position for He said, "All authority is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18) He knows that true riches -- love, joy, peace -- cannot be purchased with a credit card or check. God knew that no amount of material wealth could raise man out of his spiritual poverty. So almost 2,000 years ago He gave the best gift. God sent His Son to be our Savior. "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." (2 Corinthians 8:9)
"He became poor." While Jesus was on earth, He was poor in possessions for He had no real home. Even the tomb in which His followers laid His body was borrowed.
But more than that, Jesus Christ, the Creator of the Universe, took on the form and limitations of His creatures. He became poor in position, The first became last; the Sovereign became the Servant. (Philippians 2:7) Lepers came to Him and were made clean; the blind asked for sight and received it. Harlots came to His feet and were forgiven.
But Jesus' greatest sacrifice was when He gave His life on the Cross for you and me. Salvation for our sins cost us nothing; it cost Him everything.
How can Jesus make you rich? By giving you Himself. When you receive the Savior, you have forgiveness of sins because of His death for you. (Colossians 1:14) Because He was raised from the dead and now sits at the Father's right hand in Heaven, He gives you eternal life and you are adopted into God's family. (John 5:24) By God's grace you become a "joint heir" with Christ. (Romans 8:17) And daily He Gives you power for living. (Philippians 4:13)
God gave the very best. Are you spiritually poor? You can be rich. The Bible says "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9) Receive Him and the Riches He died to give you can be yours.