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WAS JESUS POOR?

Excerpts of Pastor Ghandi Olaoye's message at the Sunrise Service on Sunday, December 24, 2017

 

Jesus came to redeem us back to the Father. He also came so that we can understand the Father, as He modelled for us what an ideal man should be. However, since no one has met Jesus, the only understanding we have of Him is what is written in the Bible. Hence, everyone who has met Jesus, met Him through the Word of God and this should be the standard to know whether He was rich or poor.

You need to understand that Jesus was from the lineage of David and the lineage of David was a lineage of kingship.

Some Scriptures On How Jesus Lived:

1. Luke 2:7 says "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." We see that the plan of Jesus' parents was not for Jesus to be born in a manger. Since there was no room in the inn His parents must have booked, they had to make do with the manger. The swaddling clothes Jesus was wrapped in when He was born, was very unique.

2. Mathew 2:11 says "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh." Here, we see that Jesus had a place where He lived. Even though He was born in a manger, He did not continue living there. The Bible tells us that He had an address. When the three wise men visited Jesus with gifts, they visited Him at His house. Jesus' childhood started with treasures; and from His early childhood, Jesus was never in lack.

3. Luke 2:44 says "But they, supposing Him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance." This verse tells us that Jesus had family relatives who were large in number. If they were few, they would have noticed His absence immediately He stopped moving them. At age 12, Jesus was sitting amongst learned people. His appearance must have been decent for these learned people to have made up their mind to listen to what Jesus had to say to them (Luke 2:46).

 

JESUS HAS TASTE AND HE WAS DETAILED

1. Accommodation: Jesus not only had a place where He lived, He had a comfortable place where He lived and it was large enough to entertain people who stayed at His place and spent the night (John 1:35-38).

2. Appearance: When Jesus told Matthew, a publican to follow Him, if Jesus did not look worthy or someone to be followed, Matthew would not have followed Him (Matthew 9:9).

3. Preference: When Jesus wanted to take the Last Supper, we see that He had taste and was specific about where they would use. Literally, the upper room can be referred to today's penthouse (Mark 14:13-19). God is a God of order and Jesus modelled this for us. This teaches that you should be prepared, be organised. Note that looking humble does not mean you are humble. You need to prepare yourself, put your house in order; let your life be in order and pleasing to God.

4. Dressing: From when Jesus was born, what He wore mattered to Him. After Jesus was hung on the Cross of Calvary, for the soldiers to have cast lot on His cloth, it means the cloth was of high quality (the saddling cloth was what was used by kings). In addition, Joseph of Arimathea was definitely not a poor man for him to have requested from Pontius Pilate the body of Jesus Christ. For Joseph of Arimathea to have been a disciple of Jesus, Jesus must have been saying things that he could connect with. In His death, Jesus was wrapped in a clean linen cloth and was buried in a rich man's tomb even though He would resurrect after there being there for three days. Jesus chose where to lay for three days (Matthew 27:57-60).

Furthermore, as a treasurer, Judas Iscariot was stealing, but the ministry was still moving forward. Jesus knew that Judas was stealing but He left him alone, because whatever he stole was not enough for him (John 12:6). This means Jesus knew that what they had was more than enough. Whenever Jesus was in need of things, there was always provision (Matthew 17:22).

In conclusion, the worst thing for a believer is to have a part in the things of God and also have a part in the things of the devil. Thus, such believer is lukewarm (neither hot nor cold), and God will spit such person out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16). The children of God should be led by the Spirit and Word of God. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you. Do you belong to God's Kingdom? Who dictates how you live, God or the devil? Are you a Believer? Are you saved? The greatest gift of God to man is to send Jesus Christ to save mankind. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ today so that your name will be written in the Book of Life.

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