In his second letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul described the collection of money being made by many of the Mediterranean churches for the benefit of the church in Jerusalem. He encouraged the Corinthians to give generously, holding up to them the believers in Macedonia as an example; even though the Macedonian believers were poor and suffering many troubles, they had an irrepressible joy which resulted in rich generosity.

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But even that example pales in comparison to the generosity of Jesus Christ. “You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor; so that, by His poverty, He could make you rich.”                     2 Corinthians 8:9 NLT

The generosity of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ, is beyond our understanding. He did not just give from His surplus to someone in need. The only reason He took pity on the fallen race of mankind is found in Himself– in His overflowing Love and Mercy that extends even to His enemies.  And so generous is this grace that Jesus left His glorious riches in Heaven and came to earth as a common peasant in a lowly and troubled province of the Roman Empire.

Even there, He was hated by the local religious and political leaders. He lived a life of poverty and persecution, and, in the end, suffered the most horrifying death imaginable after an unjust trial.

Then, He was raised from the dead by His Father, returned to the glorious riches of His Home in Heaven. And, wonder of wonders, He has extended His offer to share these riches with any and all who will believe in Him! Through the appalling poverty He suffered, He opened the door to share His wonderful riches with those who put their complete faith in Him.

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