There’s much argument about this question – Was Jesus Poor? Of course, he wasn’t poor, he was God and owned everything. But aside from that, when we look at his manhood on earth, I think there are obvious examples in the bible that illustrate that he was poor, and other times it illustrates that he was rich. One example that comes to mind which seems he was poor, is when peter came to Jesus and asked about paying the temple tax. Instead of Jesus pulling out his nice thick leather wallet and flipping the cash to Peter, Jesus performs a necessary miracle in order to conjure up the cash. An example that illustrates Jesus’ wealth is the account of his expensive cloak being rolled for dice and wagered on, while he’s being crucified. So, was Jesus rich? Yes. Was he poor? Yes.
Come on! To argue about whether Jesus was rich or poor, is it worth it? He owned every piece of ground that he walked on while on earth, even his cross. But at the same time the bible says he became poor like us and came from his riches to poverty. You see we don’t know what rich is.
For thirty-three years Jesus came down from the riches he had and lived with the poor. Yeah, he could have been rich on earth, and yes, he could have been poor. But the point is no matter how rich he was on earth he adopted poverty. The goal for every believer is to adopt poverty in some way. I can’t explain or describe to you how. What riches have you given up for the sake of others?