The Man and the Birds

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11



One of my favorite Christmas Stories is from Paul Harvey:


On Christmas Eve, a kind and decent husband and father bypassed the opportunity to attend a midnight service with his family.  He enjoyed other Christmas festivities with them, but he just could not swallow the idea of God becoming a man. 


Just after his family left for the service, it started to snow, and he settled into his chair by the fire with the newspaper for company.


In a few moments he was startled by the sound of a thud against the large window.  It happened again and again.  When he went to investigate, he saw that a flock of birds had been caught in the snowstorm, and looking for shelter had flown into the window.  They were now huddled together, miserable and freezing.  What was he to do?  He couldn’t let them die. 


So, he donned his coat and goulashes and made his way in the deepening snow to the barn, turned on a light and pulled the doors open wide for the birds to fly in for shelter.  But the birds did not come.  So, he made his way back to the house, grabbed a box of bread crumbs and scattered a path of them all the way to the barn, hoping to coax the birds in with food.  Still, the birds did not come.


He tried catching the birds.  He tried shooing them in the direction of the barn.  But the birds scattered wildly, and remained in the storm.  It became clear to him that the birds were afraid of him.  To them, he was a strange and terrifying creature.  If only he could find a way to let them know he was trying to help them.  If only he could speak their language, and tell them not to be afraid.  If only he could be a bird……


And then, he heard the peal of bells, their glad message of Christmas flying above the howls of the wind.  And he sank to his knees in the snow.


The Son of God became like us.  Jesus Christ left the glories of Heaven to become a man who would die on a cruel cross to pay the penalty of our sins.  He is the way to God.  


Today, thank God that Jesus became like us to show us the way to God!  That is the message of Christmas!


Have a great day, and keep moving forward!