Greater Riches than Silver and Gold

By Russell S. Miller

“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” (IICor.8:9).

When the “wise men” came to Bethlehem with “gold” and “frankincense” and “myrrh” to honor the newborn King, the Lord Jesus was hushed away to Egypt.  Herod sought to murder the “young Child” (Matt.2:1-10)!  He was “despised and rejected of men” in the land of Israel, and amongst His own people, “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from Him;  He was despised, and we esteemed Him not” (Isa.53:3).

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:10-12).

 The Lord Jesus, Possessor of Heaven and earth—the One who created the gold and the silver and the precious stones, and all the wealth of all the earth that men greedily covet after, became a man, and suffered and bled and died, as a common criminal—such poverty!—for the sins of all mankind.  Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of wicked men for “thirty pieces of silver.”  The very One who dwelt in indescribable GLORY subjected Himself to the plight of common humanity, and worse:

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

“But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil.2:6-8).

In his first epistle to Timothy, Paul declares “THAT CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS” (ITim.1:15).  God wants to give you greater riches than silver and gold, greater riches than all the treasures in this world, greater riches than money can buy;  God wants to give you eternal life, and the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in knowing Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

“For the wages of sin is death;  but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.6:23).

What a predicament, “guilty before God” (Rom.3:19), and bankrupt—we had nothing with which to pay the debt of our sins against God!

“But God, who is RICH in mercy,” sent His Son to pay our debt of sin, “that ye through His poverty might be rich” (Eph.2:4; IICor.8:9).

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, [Christ] who knew no sin;  that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (IICor.5:21).

“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (ICor.1:30).

This is the gospel by which ye are saved, “how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the scriptures;  And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (ICor.15:3,4).

If you will simply believe this wonderful good news, and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, God will save you from your sins and He will give you the “riches” of His grace.  And a Blessed Christmas will be yours indeed.  Won’t you do it today?


Bethlehem and Calvary

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

“Sweet Name come down from Heav’n above,
To win our heart’s deep tender love;
As Bethlehem and Calv’ry prove:
My Jesus.”

How true this old hymn is! Bethlehem and Calvary do indeed prove that the Lord Jesus Christ came from heaven to win us to himself.

St. Paul’s declaration that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (ITim.1:15) takes in both Bethlehem and Calvary. At Bethlehem Christ showed His love for man, not merely by coming to be with us, but by becoming one of us.

Luke, “the beloved physician,” wrote the famous “Gospel According to St. Luke” to show how truly man the Lord Jesus Christ was. Apart from sin, our Lord experienced all the emotions, the sorrows, the joys, the pains, the pleasures that we do. The Son of God actually became the Son of Man that the sons of men might become the sons of God.

But His life alone could not save us. His holiness would only expose our sin and condemn us. This is why the Apostle Paul declares that “Christ DIED for our sins” (ICor.15:3), and that “WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE”(Eph.1:7).

Those who believe this and trust Christ as their personal Saviour rejoice in the truth of the above poem. Their hearts have been won to the Blessed One who came from heaven to Bethlehem and Calvary because HE loved them.

From Berean Bible Society

On This Day of Atonement

A Better Atonement, A Better Covenant

Hebrews 9:1-10:25

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

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