Hmm… was he? Last night at Bible study our leader asked us this question. Was Jesus poor? And I was speechless. Was he? Or was he not? Now let’s think about this…
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
Some people say this means that he left his throne in heaven and came to Earth to live among us and so he became poor. But think about all the times the Bible talks about Jesus telling his disciples to go buy this or that.
He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. Luke 22:36
When Judas left the table at the last supper the disciples asked if he was going to give alms. By the way… what was Judas’ job? He was the treasurer. Now if you don’t have money why in the world would you have a treasurer?! Jesus obviously had money. When someone told them about the taxes without hesitation Jesus says ‘Go pay the taxes’. When it says he had no place to lay his head that didn’t mean he didn’t have enough money to buy a house it meant he didn’t have a house because he was walking all over the country.
And another thing. When Jesus was born if there was room at the inn that’s where he would have been born. But it says, ‘There was no room at the inn’. That means Joseph had the money to pay for a room but the inn was full. They didn’t really have a choice. Oh and the gifts Jesus was given by the wise men were the three most expensive gifts EVER. That would have completely funded Joseph and Mary’s stay in Egypt. Think about it. Jesus was a carpenter with his dad, back then this would have been a good job. A carpenter would build houses, furniture, carts, sheds you name it. Those things were NEEDED in the people’s everyday lives. That would have given him a good income.
Personally I don’t think Jesus was poor. What do you think? Find out for yourself. Go open your Bible and study. Get in the Word. The Spirit will guide you and show you what God wants you to know.