Most of us like a good rags to riches story. We read them, watch them performed, and some of us have even lived them. Every fiber of our being embraces them as having a happy ending.
But what if a riches to rags story actually had a happy ending? Some of you may be thinking, “Is that even possible?”
There was a King who lived in the most beautiful splendor and majesty. His palace roof was unimaginably high, decorated with the stars themselves. He was clothed with light and mighty in strength. He rode His white steed through the heavens any time He wanted to, and the earth which He had made by the word of His power was His footstool. Everything belonged to Him. He was the owner and ruler of all.
But as He looked down on the earth, He saw sadness and grief and people whom He loved wandering and lost, not knowing which way to turn, not realizing that He alone held the solution to their problems. They didn’t realize that He was actually the one they were searching for and that He wanted to have a close, warm relationship with them.
So He became one of them for a time. He left the glory and opulence of His heavenly kingdom and entered a human body, born as a baby in the most humble of circumstances. The solution to mankind’s problems was born in a stable in obscurity in a tiny town surrounded by barley fields and grazing sheep, with the only fanfare being (quite amazingly!) that of the angels who announced His birth at night to the shepherds in the surrounding countryside.
His reason for coming was not so people could hold yearly celebrations with warm, fuzzy feelings, not that those are bad. His reason for coming was much greater and far-reaching than that! He came to “save His people from their sins” and to be “Emmanuel, God with us”.
This King was the Creator of a perfect world which was being spoiled by sin. It saddened Him to see that those whom He had created were unaware of His love for them. It saddened Him to see how badly they treated one another instead of mutually loving one another. Gasping relationships and death of relationships were never His plan.
So, the baby King grew in obscurity till He became a man. He preached the kingdom of God and healed and did miracles to prove He was who He said He was. Then came the time for Him to fulfill His purpose for coming.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried;…He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;…And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
Isaiah 53:4a, 5a, 6 NASB
The writer of Hebrews said it this way:
“fixing our eyes on Jesus… who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” Heb. 12:2a NASB
So, what was the “joy set before Him“?
- Was it just that it was finally going to be over and He would get to go back to His opulent riches?
- Or was it that He would get to bring a multitude of us with Him?
“as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 NASB
Definitely not the first choice.
Woo hoo! It’s choice number two!
Y’all, this is exciting! I get to be a child of the King of the Universe! And He rejoices that I’m His child! And you can be too, if you’re not already! What better time to receive His free gift by believing He suffered in your place, by asking Him to forgive your sin, and by trusting Him as Lord of your life? This is the best Christmas gift we can ever receive–adoption into the family of That King! The One who loves us That much!
Now THAT’S the happy ending of the best riches to rags to riches story in the world!
“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 KJV
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