Jesus was broke.
I have had so many people tell me this as an anti-argument to Christian prosperity, till I am absolutely SICK of it!
More so, those who insist that Jesus was broke, point to this as an example of how Christians should exist on earth. These people point fingers at affluent Christians as if they committed the worst sin possible. How dare they? How dare any of us who claim to be Jesus followers aspire to prosperity? What kind of Jesus followers are we?
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To those who read specific verses as if they represent the entire Bible, expect them to share
Leviticus 5:7 + Luke 2:22-24, proving Jesus was born into a poor family:
Leviticus 5:7 “If you cannot afford a sheep or a goat, you shall bring to the Lord as the payment for your sin two doves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.”
Luke 2:22-24 “The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord.” They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord.”
Then expect them to share Matthew 8:20 to show Jesus lived a life of poverty as an adult:
Matthew 8:20 “Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
These are the classic verses offered to suggest and insist that Christians who follow Jesus should do the same. Live in poverty, and perpetuate that cycle as they give birth to the next generations.
However, this kind of thinking represents a very poor comprehension of the PURPOSE and RESULT of Jesus’s coming to earth and his mission.
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 “[ ] I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.”
The “I have come”, part – speaks to the first part of my point – Jesus CAME from heaven. I came from Jamaica, and I now live in the USA. Jesus CAME from heaven. Let us see how heaven is described by John in Revelation 21:10-27. Let me highlight a few verses here:
Revelation 21:18-19 “The wall was made of jasper, and the city itself was made of pure gold, as clear as glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones.”
Jesus is a King, and owner of all. Jesus is NOT BROKE!
However, be became broke, to come into our experience so that he really could say he was the WAY – the way back to God, the way to abundant life.
Just like the CBS Undercover Boss shows, Jesus came disguised as one of us, and walked our walk, lived our life, shared in our temptations – to end his time revealing who he was and why he came. Jesus left heaven to restore messed up humanity to our rightful place of enjoying an abundant life.
JESUS WANTS US TO HAVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE
AND SHOWS US HOW TO DO JUST THAT!
John 10:10 “[ ] I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.”
To top that off, those of us who receive Him as the way, the truth and the life – will enjoy MANSIONS that he has gone to prepare for us.
John 14:2 “There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so.”
So Christians, why are you NOT enjoying an abundant life? What does ‘abundance’ even mean?
Well, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Definition of abundance
Taking the Bible out of context is a dangerous thing to do, and frankly very short sighted.
The reason why a prosperity gospel exists is because many Christians have embraced the idea that the only reason we were expelled from Paradise in Genesis was due to sin. Jesus came to offer us repentance and restoration to what God always intended for us to enjoy.
Genesis 3:22-23 “Then the Lord God said, “Now these human beings have become like one of us and have knowledge of what is good and what is bad.[ They must not be allowed to take fruit from the tree that gives life, eat it, and live forever.” So the Lord God sent them out of the Garden of Eden”
I challenge the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ as it is generally understood (see video), but I do agree that the good news of the gospel includes the abundant life.
Jesus was NOT broke, but we were. I hope you choose to receive Jesus as the way, the truth and the life – ABUNDANT LIFE!
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