Jesus helping the poor – Did Jesus see helping the poor as important?
Jesus helping the poor is something we see mentioned numerous times in the Bible. Jesus Himself lived as a poor man—He didn’t have a home or a place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20). His followers were financially poor as well, having given up everything to follow Him. They placed their full trust in Jesus to provide whatever they needed.
Let’s look at some prime examples of when Jesus spoke of the poor:
Jesus brought Good News to the poor.
In speaking to John the Baptist’s disciples, Jesus answered their question about whether He is the Messiah:
Jesus said the poor and outcasts are invited into the kingdom of heaven.
He used the illustration of a banquet, telling the host that he should invite those who cannot repay him. Jesus said,
Jesus describes the temporary nature of wealth.
He showed this in the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). In the parable, the rich man enjoyed great luxuries, but he spent eternity in hell. The other person in the story, Lazarus, suffered through extreme poverty on earth but was comforted in heaven forever.
Jesus left His throne in heaven to take on a lowly form as a poor man.
It is important to remember that Jesus is a wonderful example of sacrifice. He left His throne in heaven to take on a lowly form as a poor man. Paul summed it up nicely: