Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren…Hebrews 2:17
Preferring not to attend church one Christmas Eve, a man was home when a flock of birds slammed into his landscape window, desperately seeking shelter from the storm. Repeatedly the kind-hearted man tried to lure them into his warm barn, but the birds were terrified of him. "If only I could be a bird," he thought to himself, "and mingle with them and speak their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid. Then I could show them the way to the safe warm barn. But I would have to be one of them so they could see, and hear, and understand." 1
This poignant story simply illustrates the incarnation. God became man to show us the way to eternal safety. Interestingly, Jesus called His followers disciples or friends during His earthly ministry. But the Cross changed that. After the Resurrection, His first words to Mary were to go and tell his "brethren" that He was alive (John 20:17). Because of His sacrifice, we are now sons of God and brothers in Christ.
If you're facing some challenges today, remember that Jesus Christ became man to show you the way.
He became what we are that He might make us what He is. Athanasius
1 Paul Harvey's Christmas story, "The Man and the Birds," ABC Radio, December 24, 2004.