Paul Van Gorder tells of the story of a Christian who noticed that someone had thrown a sheaf of grain on the ground. A flock of hungry sparrows had monopolized it for an unscheduled feast. The man paused, and then took a step in the direction of the birds. They became uneasy. Another step, and their nervousness increased. They suddenly flew away, leaving their banquet unfinished.
The man stood there reflecting on what had happened. He pondered on the possible reasons for the rushing flight of the sparrows. At once the thought came to him, It is me. I am too big. Then another question pressed itself upon his mind. How could he walk among those birds without frightening them by his size? Only if it were possible for him to become a sparrow and fly down among them!
The spiritual analogy is not farfetched. God had revealed himself to men prior to the birth of Christ. In all cases, particularly in the Old Testament, there was this fear that paraded the hearts of those who encountered Him and God had to tell them not to be afraid.
However, that night when the angels appeared to the shepherds heralding the news of the birth of the Saviour, the herdsmen hurried to the Manger wherein the boy was laid. They stood in the presence of deity, they were not afraid for God had become one of us! The Word by which the world had been created had become flesh and dwelt among men.
Christ’s birth brought the infinite God within the reach of a finite man. Indeed, Christmas is not just a celebration of the birth of the Saviour, but also the celebration of peace on earth; the beginning of the end to the reign of the oppressive prince of darkness; the beginning of the reign of light, knowledge and the abundance of God’s presence, which is the perfect environment in which the human spirit was created to function. It is my prayer that this season, you will experience the power of God’s love through the discovery and a more impactful pursuit of God’s Purpose for your life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen! Merry Christmas!
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. [John 1:14 MSG]
The Son of God became Man to enable men become sons of God- C.S Lewis.