DIG for Thursday the 28th of May…..Jesus was not a poor man…..John 19 v 23

I have written about this topic before but was reminded about it when reading John 19 this morning.

Jesus is predominantly portrayed as a poor man by the church, but I think the Scriptures point to the opposite.

Let me ask you a question; if Jesus was poor why did the soldiers cast lots for His clothes?

Poor people do not have clothes that soldiers would gamble for, after not wanting to rip them up; His clothes must have been of good quality (John 19 v 23).

Poor people do not have a treasurer working with and for them.

Poor people do not wander around with and provide for an entourage of at least twelve followers.

Jesus was not poor; His parents were not poor people (just remember what they were given by the magi before they were forced to leave for Egypt).

Jesus was a rich man; I recently read a book about Jesus that spoke of the millionaire from Nazareth.

On the cross He lost everything and became poor so that we might live in prosperity and abundance (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Check out the Greek words in this verse for yourself, they are clearly talking about money when speaking of poverty and riches.

Prosperity and abundance are part of the “sozo” package that Jesus died to purchase for you (John 10 v 10 and 3 John 2).

Don’t buy into the lie of the devil and the religious nonsense that says Jesus was poor and as a result you should also be poor.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and that through this I can live in prosperity and abundance”.

John 19 v 23…..Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout

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DIG for Wednesday the 27th of May….if Jesus is not King in our lives we will have problems…..John 19 v 15

Reading the Word this morning I was stopped in my tracks by John 19 v 15.

This is the passage of Scripture running up to the crucifixion of Jesus and really shows the religious powers of the day at their worst.

“We have no king but Caesar” was their cry, and this highlighted to me their main problem and one of the problems with the church today; they do not recognise Jesus as King.

Many people profess to know and love Jesus, yet do not recognise Him as King or recognise His authority in many areas of their lives.

We look to governments, peers, parents and other authority structures to govern our lives, when the authority of Jesus should be paramount.

The Jews of Jesus’ day did not recognise Him for their own selfish aims; even refusing to recognise Him through His many signs and wonder (the raising of Lazarus from the dead for example).

The same is true today, if people recognised Jesus as King (and therefore have Lordship over their lives) they would have to change their lifestyles, and many people (including some in church) do not want to do that.

Yes, Jesus is our friend and brother as described in the Word, but He is also Lord and King and needs to be recognised as so.

The bottom line is that we need to get to grips with what is the most important thing in our lives, is it Jesus or is it things of the world.

If it is things of the world i.e. money, power, status, career etc. then Jesus is not truly King.

Recognise Jesus as King this morning, make Him truly Lord in your life.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that He is King and Lord”.

John 19 v 15…..But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar