Jesus – The Wealthy Son

If you made past that title, you are a truth-seeker. It’s about time we bust the holy myth. A myth that says Jesus was poor. Why would anyone say that? Why would anyone believe that? What could the devil possibly gain by propagating such a lie in the church? Well, he could keep the church from enjoying the financial blessing for which Jesus paid in His atonement. After all, church needs to imitate Christ. And if Christ is poor, his church is poor. Hmm.. really convenient.

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32

We are bound by what we believe. If we believe that Jesus was poor when He lived on the earth, we has His bride and as His sheep will remain poor on this earth. Religion has glorified poverty and idolized it as a holy virtue. Some sects of religion even take vows of poverty. And my friend, there is nothing holy or godly about being poor. Poverty is a curse! It’s not me saying this or some televangelist’s opinion. God’s law says poverty is a curse. See Deuteronomy 28.

Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. – Deuteronomy 28:18

You shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you. – Deuteronomy 28:29

And there are a whole lot of scriptures to prove that poverty is a curse. Living paycheck to paycheck is a curse. Barely making ends meet is a curse. But scriptures also tell us that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)

Galatians 3:13

Which means, through His atoning sacrifice Jesus has made a way for us to be redeemed from poverty into prosperity. Yes we said the dirty word – prosperity. It’s dirty for religion. The Pharisees of today’s religion cringe at the sound of that word and the zealots if allowed would pick up stones. Because in their unrenewed mind the definition of prosperity is “Get all you can, can all you get and sit on your can.” That is a twisted mindset of poverty. There is no worldly prosperity and Godly prosperity. There is only poverty and prosperity. And the later belongs to God. Prosperity is not dirty, it is holy!

We will look through scriptures and see how Jesus was rich and wealthy. First of all, let’s get one thing right that is, the definition of prosperity. Prosperity is not having a pile of cash in your bank account. It could be part of it but that’s not all of it. Prosperity comes from God. Not from cash. Money flows towards value. There is a reason it requires a whole lot more cash to own a hand crafted Rolls Royce than a mass produced Honda. Just saying! Cash flows towards value. That’s a law. It’s like gravity. Smaller mass is pulled towards larger mass. So here’s my simple definition of prosperity. Prosperity is having all you need for everything you need.

Prosperity is not just having a bunch of cash in your bank. You are prosperous when you have all you need for everything you need.

What does that mean? When a billionaire gets sick with a medically incurable disease, the value of their net worth becomes zero in this case because all their money cannot make them well. But if they realize that there is a God who heals, and that He has provided a way to receive healing for their disease though Jesus then this person has all they need for their wellbeing. That is real prosperity. Having all you need for everything you need.

Let us now dive into some scriptures that show Jesus was rich while He was here on this earth.

And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

John 2:3

The reason Mary came to Jesus about the lack of wine in the wedding feast was not to expect Jesus miraculously provide wine for them. Keep in mind that Jesus did not perform any miracles until this point in His ministry. He was just teaching and picking out His disciples so far. So Mary, even though she knew that He was the Son of God and the prophesied Messiah, she did not have the precedent to expect Jesus to miraculously provide wine. She came to Him looking for natural means of supply so Jesus can help them buy more wine for the wedding feast. The fact that Mary was actively involved in the wedding feast shows this couple was close to Mary and Jesus. Possibly a relative or close friend. So Mary was simply expecting Jesus to provide the wine naturally. So He would have had enough money with Him to be able to purchase wine for all the wedding guests. But of coarse He supplied more than what they needed not from his earthly possessions but from His Father’s supply. He made them somewhere between 120 to 180 gallons of “good wine”. To read more about this amazing miracle and how it proves God’s will is abundance for the marriages, check out our article, The Wedding Gift.

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

Matthew 13:1

We are so conditioned to see Jesus as a poor homeless person, that we don’t see the obvious facts mentioned in the scripture. One verse that is used by religion to justify their view about Jesus being homeless is Matthew 8:20.

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” – Matthew 8:20

Here Jesus was explaining the cost of following Him. He was actively travelling from town to town. So it was not really convenient or easy to follow him. Jesus did not wait until the inn had rooms available in the town to make reservations. He was after people, he moved with compassion. For example, He purposefully travelled through Samaria, when travelling from Jerusalem to Galilee while most Jews would avoid that route. He went through Samaria just to minister to the woman at the well. So this meant that Jesus and his disciples often may have stayed out in the fields camping. That was all he was saying, He did not mean that He was homeless. There are several scriptures that make a passing reference to Jesus having a home in Capernaum.

  • The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. – Matthew 13:1
  • Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house. – Matthew 13:36
  • He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? – Matthew 17:25
  • And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. – Mark 2:1
  • And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. – Mark 7:17
  • And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? – Mark 9:28
  • And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? – Mark 9:33
  • And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. – Mark 10:10

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Matthew 5:17

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: – Deuteronomy 28:2

Jesus, even though is God, He became a man in flesh and blood. Which is why in 2 Corinthians He is called the Last Adam. Jesus lived as a man and He perfectly obeyed and fulfilled God’s law. Which means Jesus was blessed with all the blessings of the law as a result of His perfect obedience. And part of those blessings are riches and wealth.

  • Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. – Deuteronomy 28:4
  • Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. – Deuteronomy 28:5
  • The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 28:8

Jesus was able to multiply bread and fish, because His kneading bowl and basket were blessed. He had supernatural favor and blessing of provision working for Him, because He perfectly obeyed the law. During the Passover feast, Jesus had favor in finding a place to stay and eat the Passover with his disciples. Millions of Jews travelled to Jerusalem from all over the know world to celebrate this festival. And to find a furnished place in the city for Jesus and His disciples, is nothing less than the favor and blessing working for Him. (See Luke 22:7-13)

The religious leaders of the day tried to kill Him several times before it was His time but He simply walked past them and no one could lay a hand on Him because of the blessing. How do we know? Look at Deuteronomy 28: 7, “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”

Likewise there are several scriptures in the Gospels which reveal the truth that Jesus was prosperous and blessed during His earthly ministry. The question is are we willing to look past the traditional idea of Jesus being poor on the earth and really see the plain truth revealed in the scriptures.

Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.

Mark 7:13 NKJV

Why is it so important to for us to see this truth in the Gospels, that Jesus was prosperous? Because we need to know what He gave up for us when He hung naked on the tree between heaven and earth. Jesus did not become poor by leaving heaven and coming to earth. He, in fact made people rich where ever He went. For instance He came into Joseph and Mary’s home, a poor couple. And soon enough a caravan of wise men were looking for Him and brought them Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Not some little trinkets, for such mere peasants would not be given an audience with King Herod. But they actually brought huge amounts of it on loaded camels. We will look into this in another article in much detail. But the fact is Jesus did not become poor when He came to earth. He was a prosperous man all His life until He said the words, “Your will be done, not mine” to His Father, in the Garden of Gethsemane. He then became poor on the cross for our sakes so we could receive His blessing and riches. That is part of our inheritance through Jesus. Again prosperity is not having a bunch of cash sitting in your bank account, but its is the blessing of God on your life that will empower you to have everything you need for anything you need in this life to bring Glory to our Father in heaven.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9