At that same moment, the man heard
the church bells ringing in the village
below, and another thought dawned on
him. He had grasped the reason why
Jesus was born.
The farmer withdrew to his house and
watched the doomed sparrows through
a window. As he stared, a thought hit
him like lightning from a clear blue sky:
If only I could become a bird - one of
them - just for a moment. Then I
wouldn't frighten them so. I could show
them the way to warmth and safety.
Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp of the late 1980's rock band, White Lion, express this same thought
in their hit song "When the Children Cry." "Little child, you must show the way / to a better day /
for all the young. / 'Cause you were born / for the world to see / that we all can live with love and
The man tried various tactics to get them into the barn. He laid down a trail of Saltine cracker
crumbs to direct them. He tried circling behind the birds to drive them towards the barn. Nothing
worked. He, a huge alien creature, had terrified them: the birds couldn't comprehend that he
actually desired to help.
Jesus says in John 14: 6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
(God) except through me." Jesus came to show the way... to show the way to God's love, to
show the way to peace, to show the way to real life. Through Jesus' teachings as recorded in
the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus shares with humanity what is at the heart
of life and what is at the heart of God.
Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through the fresh snow to open the barn door for
the struggling birds. He turned on the lights and tossed some hay in the corner. But the
sparrows, which had scattered in all directions when he emerged from the house, hid in the
More importantly, Jesus did not
just show the way. He said, "I am
the way, the truth, and the life." Jesus
became the way. Jesus entered this
world, which the rock band White Lion
terms, "this evil world / where man is
killing man / and no one knows just
why." Jesus became one with the
world to give life to the world so that
people living in his day, and people
living today, might experience the
power of new life. Life in which the
cycles of sin and hatred can be
American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey once told a story about a religious skeptic who was a
farmer. One frigid Christmas Eve, after his wife had gone off to church, the man heard an
irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door. He went to the window and watched as
tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass.
Jesus came to die on the cross. He came to take the world's sins, my sins, your sins, upon
himself, so that we would not have to face the penalty of our actions. That we would not have
to experience separation from God. That we could have new life, resurrection life. Jesus came
into the world to guide us to safety from the storms of life that could have killed us if we had
been left out there alone.
Why did Jesus come to earth? Why did the living God who created the universe and all living
things come into this world as a helpless baby in a remote village called Bethlehem? Why did
God become flesh and live among us? What is the purpose behind all of this?
John 3:16-17 expresses the core reason of why Jesus came. "For God so loved the
world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may
have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in
order that the world might be saved through him."
Jesus came to save us. Jesus
came to show God's love to us in
the ultimate way possible. He
became one of us so that we could
experience the very heart and
depth of God's love. Do you know
that power of that love in your life
If you have questions as to why
Jesus came, and are seeking
answers, feel free to e-mail us.
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