Though he was rich. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. (Hebrews 1:3) All things were created through him and for him and God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him. (Colossians 1:16, 19)

He is also the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8) The agreed plan was set in eternity. The Father would send his Son to reconcile his enemies - making peace through his death on the cross. (Colossians 1:20)

Yet for your sake he became poor. At the appointed time the King laid his royal robe aside. He did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. He made himself nothing, taking the nature of a servant made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6-9)

Concerning his eternal purpose, he said, “I lay down my life for the sheep… No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself.” (John 10:15, 18)

Hear Jesus praying hours before his death. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24)

Then the exchange foretold took place - he was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities and the punishment that brought us peace was on him. (Isaiah 53:5)

So that you through his poverty might become rich.

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)

Marvelous Lord, your willingness to suffer in my place is an immeasurable gift! It is unimaginable that I will be with you soon. Thank you for loving sinners. Thank you for enduring the cross for our sake.

Song of Encouragement: Behold Him by Paul Baloche

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