He became poor!
(William Dyer, "Christ's Famous Titles")
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich!" 2 Corinthians 8:9
He who was so rich — became so poor!
He who was Lord of all — had nothing at all!
He who made heaven and earth — had no home of His own!
As He was born in another man's house — so He was buried in another man's tomb!
He who gives crowns of glory to others — had only a crown of thorns for Himself!
The foxes and the birds had more than Jesus! "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay My head!" Matthew 8:20. The foxes had holes to lay their heads in — but Christ had not a place to lay his head on.
"He became poor!" Yes, poor indeed, and so poor that He had not a shekel! You will say that a man is very poor — who has not a shekel! Truly such a one was Christ — He had not a shekel to pay the tax until He got it out of the fish's mouth!
Oh! admire and wonder at this! Is not Jesus . . .
the brightness of God,
the paradise of angels,
the beauty of Heaven,
the Redeemer of man,
the destroyer of death,
the King of saints!
And that He should become so poor for us — oh! this is wonderful and astonishing to angels and men!