Someone With Skin

"Daddy, !'m Scared!"

 One of the important facts about Christmas is that Jesus took upon himself human flesh in order that he might understand what we go through as human beings.  The writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”



This truth is illustrated by William Forbes in the following incident.  There was a small voice that penetrated the stillness of the night.  It came from the bedroom across the hall.  "Daddy, I'm scared!"  Out of your groggy, fuzzy state, you respond with, "Honey, don't be afraid, Daddy's right across the hall."  After a very brief pause the little voice is heard again, "I'm still scared."  Always quick with an insight you respond, "You don't need to be afraid God is with you.  God loves you."  This time the pause is longer . . . but the voice returns, "I don't care about God, Daddy; I want someone with skin!" 


It seems like the logic used by the little child is precisely the reason for the incarnation.  After thousands of years of being unsuccessful in being able to convince his people that he really loved them, our Creator realized that the best way to demonstrate his love for us was to send "someone with skin on."  (William Forbes, St.  Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston Texas)