One snowy evening, a wife was taking the children to services at a church in the farm community in which they lived.
They were to talk about Jesus' birth that night at church and she asked her unbelieving husband to come along, but he refused.
"That story about Jesus birth is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!"
So the wife and the children left, and the husband stayed at home.
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.
He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet in front off him and saw nothing.
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.
The loud thump he heard must have been one of them flying into the window he reasoned.
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 there and just 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 bread crumb trail leading to the barn but they still didn't catch on.
Now he was getting frustrated.
So, 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 stood and thought for a moment and then 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 remembered what he had said to his wife earlier that night
"Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? "
Suddenly it all made sense !!
That is what God had done. He had come down from Heaven to Earth to save us by becoming like us so He could show us the way.
We were like the geese--blind, lost, perishing. and God had sent His Son to become like us so He could show us the way and save us !!
As the winds and blinding snow died down, the man stood quietly and pondered this wonderful thought.
Now he understood why Christ had come.
"He became like us to save us--to save me !" he said excitedly !
Suddenly, all the years of doubt and disbelief vanished with the passing storm and the man fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer:
"Thank You, God, for coming to earth in human form to save me !
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1Timothy 3:16 KJV
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”Matthew 1:23 NKJV