GOD BECAME A MAN:
God became a human being! The theologians have a fancy word to describe this event – the Incarnation. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:18). Jesus came to reveal the God the Father to us. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. As a pastor trying to communicate this amazing truth with people, it’s hard to find words to describe it, so I’m going to use a story.
Story: Puppies for Sale:
A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.
The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”
The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”
The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”
The store owner explained that he had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. The little boy became excited. “That’s the little puppy that I want to buy.”
The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”
The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”
The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to jump and play with you like the other puppies.”
To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!” (Dan Clark, Chicken Soup for the Soul).
This story is one of the best illustrations of the fact of the Incarnation of Christ. God left the glories of Heaven to confine Himself to a human body to walk on the Earth with all the limitations that we have. He got hungry and thirsty and tired and was rejected by friends and beaten by enemies. Why would He do that? He’s a God who understands. He knows what you’re going through today. That’s our God!
“Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.” (Heb. 2:17-18, NLT).
Pastor Chris Jordan