2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (NIV)
I have been privileged to visit some of the great palaces of Europe: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Scone Palace in Britain, Versailles in France, Rosenborg Castle in Denmark, and Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm, Sweden, to name a few. I stood in awe, and admired their stone statues and carvings. I craned my neck and studied the artworks on the ceilings, and at times I stood before great stone windows and gazed out at the magnificent gardens. The velvet sofas and crystal chandeliers, the delicate porcelain dishes and displays of crown jewels spoke of riches and grandeur. Yet, as I stood, admiring the finery and listening to guides tell us the history of these fine structures, I heard of no prince or king who left all his possessions behind, became poor, and gave up his life for a miserable, wretched sinner.
When we recall how Christ left the grandeur of heaven, how He came to a poor stable, and then gave His very life on a splintered cross so that we could be reunited with our heavenly Father, we stand in humble awe. He had it all, but He gave His all for us. Thank You.
Revelation 5:13 – Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (NIV)
Prayer: Jesus, in the silence of this moment we pause to reflect on the magnitude of Your gift to us. Salvation cost You everything; help us to give You everything in return. Amen.