No Money? Here’s some Good News…

by Lester Young

Okay, so have you really paid attention to what Jesus said in Luke 7:22? There, He’s answering a question that some of John the Baptist’s disciples had asked Him. Now, at that time, He was right in the middle of healing folks of all kinds of maladies, restoring sight to blind eyes and throwing devils out left and right. In fact, not too terribly long before this particular episode, upon arrival at a city called Nain, He proceeded to bust up a perfectly good funeral by raising the dead man back to life. (I bet morticians really must’ve hated to see Him coming.) Basically, He just walked into Death’s domain and commenced wrecking the place, then grabbed Satan and began beating him viciously about the head and shoulders.

Anyway, John (who was in prison at the time) had sent a few of his boys to ask Jesus if He was “The One” that they’d been waiting for. Jesus (probably with a look on His face that simply said, “Seriously?”) basically told them, “What do your eyes tell you? What does it look like?” Okay, that’s highly paraphrased, so here’s the direct quote: “Go back and tell John the things you’ve seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

Notice, here, that for every group of people whose affliction is named (the blind, the lame, lepers, etc.), Jesus gives to them exactly what’s needed to make their condition right. The blind got sight. The deaf got hearing. The dead received their life back. But the poor; they just got some news preached to them. Curious.

Each person received what they were lacking. But instead of money, the poor got a sermon. Hmm…must’ve been some sermon. Well, I assure you, it was! Think about it…what’s the best news that you could possibly give to a poor beggar? “That he doesn’t have to be poor anymore.” Okay, certainly, that’s right near the very top of the list, but you could even go one better if you really tried – “that he is no longer poor anymore!”

Jesus’ purpose for coming was to redeem us from the curse of the law and put us in a position to receive God’s blessing (Galatians 3:13-14). And ‘lack’ of any kind is certainly a part of the curse (Deuteronomy 28:15-68, specifically verses 48 and 57). He took our poverty and in its place left us His riches; and, being the Heir of the entire world, that’s considerably more than a couple of handfuls (2 Corinthians 8:9; Romans 4:13; Hebrews 1:2; James 2:5). But if you were never made aware of that fact, how could you ever appropriate it?

How many times have you heard of somebody hitting the Lotto for an amount of money that just didn’t make any sense, only to hear again that eighteen months later they were even poorer than in the beginning? The problem was that they were never rich – they were poor people who got their hands on some money. In other words, no wisdom of what to do with it. But Jesus was imparting knowledge and wisdom to those folks He was preaching the Good News to – and wisdom is the most important thing to get hold of (Proverbs 4:7). With God’s wisdom, you’ll know how and where to always get the money you need; in fact, He’ll even teach you how to attract money. So, rest assured, just like the blind and the lame and the deaf folk, Jesus gave those poor people exactly what it was that they needed, too!

 

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2 Comments to “No Money? Here’s some Good News…”

  1. “The poor have the gospel preached to them.” This is a profound statement, since poverty can take many forms, including poverty of material things. The message and the Person of the Gospel contain everything we could possibly need to put us over in this life. Thank you for this word, Lester. Dee

    • Yes, God thought of everything. It’s us in a ‘religious’ mindset who would assume He’d be a God that would exclude any good thing from His people. Thanks as always, Dee!

      Lester

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