Recently I had the opportunity to sit in on a middle school “The Edge” religious education program.
The discussion “The Incarnation of Jesus” In other words “God Becoming Man”
This concept is a considered a mystery of faith
we don’t necessarily understand it
we don’t know why God would do that(well actually we do…he loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son)
John 3:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
but how do we explain to children of any age the deeper “why”
some time ago I came across “The Ant” story. and regardless of your variation of Christianity, it is a pretty good analogy/explanation of Why God Came Down to Earth as Man
I found this video online
The video is by “Hungry Generation” which is not catholic or any other mainstream
protestant church. I had never heard of them prior to finding this video. I do not know their philosophies, beliefs, etc…but this talk in the above video does decent job of explaining the incarnation of Jesus, for youth …and…adults.
The following is from a story told by Billy Graham(the ant story) found here
…For instance, my grandfather, Billy Graham, once shared the story of walking along a road and stepping on an ant hill. As he looked down, he saw the ants rolling over, scattering here and there, some dead from the weight of his frame. If only, he thought, I could become an ant for just a moment, I could help them. He then went on to explain that this is how it is with God, who became man in the form of Jesus Christ.
This isn’t an overly theological analogy, but it’s one that non-Christians could understand. As believers we realize that since Jesus was also fully God, He knew no sin, and thus could not have been born of a sinful man. However, explaining it from an earthly perspective, such as the story of the ant hill, may help communicate this profound miracle…
For the true Incarnation of Jesus makes GOD dwell WITH US
That is the meaning of Emmanuel….
God with us
I leave you with a final song to meditate with: