In 2003 it would have been pretty difficult for anyone with a television not to know about Joe Millionaire, who according to Fox Network, was a construction worker pretending to be a millionaire in order to woo a gold-digger. It was by far one of the worst shows ever produced.
If it was so bad, why bother to mention it? There is a reverse story. And this one is true! The wealthiest being in the universe became poor and lived with us. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the most remarkable story of all time. Paul describes it like this, “He, Jesus, had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status…. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!…It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.” Phil. 2: 6-8
It is such an incredible story. How could the Creator become one of His created? Why should He care enough about us to do it? God’s love knows no bounds. His compassion for us is the theme of all time. In Colossians 1: 15-16 Paul writes, “ We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.”
What a story we have to tell! What a God we have to love and be loved by!
Written March 3, 2003