How did Jesus see the rich in his time ?
We must understand it from God’s perspective. Richness is a relative term. A person to be called rich must be compared to other such people. If we consider a rich person to be one who has more wealth than needed, let’s see how Jesus viewed them.
John 3:1,2 says, ‘There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”’
Nicodemus was a seemingly rich man who was part of the Jewish council. He was also a Pharisee who held a high social status in his community. Nicodemus could also be considered an aristocrat. He was watching Jesus’ ministry from afar . Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night, in secret to clarify his questions. He specifically requested this appointment at night so as to hide his meeting with Jesus. It is important to note that Nicodemus was a rich Rabbi and despite the community being against Jesus, his request for a meeting at night was obliged. He was different from other Pharisees and he was attracted to jesus. Wealth is not a criterion for Jesus to push people away.
Jesus does have a soft corner for the poor, but that does not mean that he holds off on the rich. Jesus has a special emphasis in His ministry. What is the principle here? Your financial status is not a criterion for Jesus’ love. Even if you are in debt Jesus loves you. Even if you are wealthy, Jesus loves you. Jesus does not love you on the basis of your wealth, your bank balance or your possessions. Jesus will even love beggars who beg for food and money. People who were lepers, blind or even dead were brought to Jesus, but he never refused anyone.
Your education, clothing, language or financial status is not a criterion for Jesus. Jesus’ heart and eyes are bigger and better than ours. He loves beyond our weakness with a love that is unconditional and surpassing any human reasoning.
Initially, Nicodemus came to Jesus in secrecy, but later many times he also publicly stood up for Jesus. After Jesus died on the cross, it was Nicodemus who went and spoke to the authorities to bring back Jesus’ body. Nicodemus is even called the secret disciple. Further, Nicodemus publicly acknowledged his relationship with Jesus at a time of great discomfort and turbulence when even acknowledging Jesus was threatening. It is also to be noted that, it is not the same acknowledging Jesus when he is at the peak of his ministry as when acknowledging him in public at a time of public anger and fury towards him. But Nicodemus, who was a secret disciple then became a public disciple for Jesus.
Let God use you as his public disciples to bear the witness of the cross to change lives.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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