Why God Came As A Man
There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to
let others know how he felt about religion. His wife, however, did believe,
and she also raised their children to have faith in God and Jesus, despite
his disparaging comments.
One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas
Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to
come, but he refused.
"That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to
Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he
A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard.
As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He
sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud
thump. Something had hit the window. Then another thump. He looked out, but
couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he
ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window.
In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they
had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm
and couldn't go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or
shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low
circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window,
The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be
a great place for them to stay, he thought. It's warm and safe; surely they
could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn
and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice
the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly
and didn't seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.
The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and
they moved further away. He went into the house and came with some bread,
broke it up, and made a breadcrumb trail leading to the barn. They still
didn't catch on.
Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them
toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every
direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into
the barn where they would be warm and safe. "Why don't they follow me?!" he
exclaimed. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the
storm?" He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow
a human. "If only I were a goose, then I could save them," he said out loud.
Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and
carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese.
He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the
barn--and one by one the other geese followed it to safety.
He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes
earlier replayed in his mind: "If only I were a goose, then I could save
them!" Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. "Why
would God want to be like us? That's ridiculous!"
Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the
geese--blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son to become like us so He could
show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of the birth of Christ, he
realized. As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet
and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood why Christ came
as a man.
Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his
knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: "Thank You, God, for coming
in human form to get me out of the storm!"
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
”As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that
understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of
the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does
good, no, not one.” (Rom 3:10-12)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw (drag in the Greek) all
mankind unto Myself. This He spoke concerning what manner of death He should
die.” (John 12:32, 33)