And Jesus saith unto him,
The foxes have holes,
and the birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Jesus Christ was a poor man by all definitions. He is remembered as a baby born in a manger, crucified and died with the criminals, buried in a borrowed grave. He was materially poor by choice. He loved to mingle with the poor and needy people living under the poverty line. The sick and the oppressed were His friends. He defended sinners though He lived an immaculate life, free from lawlessness and corruption.
The main mission of Christ is not to save the world. He will not save the whole world from their sins though He died for their sins. He came to preach the good news to the poor. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. The poor are the lost. Jesus came for the “poor people” of this world.
“ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor;
he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Who are the poor?
The poor are the brokenhearted, who seems to have lost the vision for a bright future and they are bruised by the church and civil government mismanagement and failure.
The poor are the sick who can not afford the service of a physician, those who can not afford to buy medicines to treat their illnesses. The poor are the uneducated who can barely read and write, those who deprived of a formal education due to lack of financial resources. The poor are the oppressed who are in financial captivity, living in hand to mouth survival mode. They are in debt and jobless because they belong to the lower level of the society. The poor are those who are serving time in jail for the crime they committed. The poor are those who were born poor by poor parents. We should not blame them for being poor by birth.
We should devote our time and energy to minister to the poor. The poor does not go to church very often. We can find them outside the walls of the church. Our Gospel is for the poor in spirit. This does not mean spiritually poor to enter the kingdom of heaven.
“ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat;
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink;
I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
naked, and ye clothed me;
I was sick, and ye visited me;
I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying,
Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee?
or athirst, and gave thee drink?
And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in?
or naked, and clothed thee?
And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren,
even these least, ye did it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed,
into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels:
for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat;
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink;
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in;
naked, and ye clothed me not; sick,
and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer, saying,
Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst,
or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison,
and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least,
ye did it not unto me.
And these shall go away into eternal punishment:
but the righteous into eternal life.