Let us make no mistake; this is One baby who both then and now plans to turn human history upside down. He is full of seeming contradictions and unexpected surprises. Soon, everyone shall see that down is up and up is down. He is rich, but he is born into poverty. He is the Galaxy Builder of the universe, but lives a poor and homeless life.
Tranquility in Bethlehem is further shattered when Jesus said, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." Mt. 10:34 To the poor, the abandoned, the forsaken and persecuted he plans to have mercy. In their lowliness and their humility they are now defined as rich. To the rich, the proud and the conceited He exposes the lifestyle for what it really is, true poverty.
At Christmastime, in the Silent Night He speaks loudly. He is at the door of hearts, brilliantly knocking and he says …
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” Rv. 3:15-20
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