From Rags to Riches

LeRoy Koopman

READ : 2 Corinthians 8:9-15

Yesterday we reflected on Jesus as the Horatio Alger hero in reverse: the one who deliberately chose to move down the ladder instead of up, the one who went from riches to rags.

But why? The answer is also in verse 9: “so that by his poverty you might become rich.” Yes, rich. Whatever our financial situation here, Christ’s poverty has made it possible for us to be truly rich.

We can be rich with the pardon of our past. We cannot eradicate the consequences of a single misdeed, but Christ assumed our humanity to do just that. “Being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death” (Phil. 2:8).

We can now be rich with abundant life here and now, a life worth living. “I came,” said Jesus, “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

And we can be rich with eternal life in the existence to come. Jesus left the riches of heaven and wore the rags of earth so we might shed the rags of earth and wear the garments of heaven (Rev. 7:9).

We celebrate, during this Advent and Christmas season, the “boundless riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). No matter how cheap or how costly are the gifts we will open in a few days, we are among the richest people on earth.


We Thank You, Christ, for sharing with us the riches of the ages. Amen.