Hi! My name is Mary Coburn. In July 2018, I joined Baptist Mid-Missions as a missionary to England. I’ll be serving alongside Glen and Tammy Galbraith in Havant, England and other BMM missionaries throughout the United Kingdom. I have already served in England 3 different summers: 2012 for 1 week, 2016 for 4 months, and 2017 for 5 weeks. While in England I had the opportunity to visit quite a few churches. Many churches in England struggle to reach the next generation with the Gospel. I will be partnering with missionaries and churches helping to reach kids, teens, and ladies for Christ.
Below is a story I have heard many times throughout the years. I’ve had people ask me, “Why did Jesus who is God come to earth as a man and die on the cross, rise again, and go back to Heaven?” This story helps to explain why Jesus chose to come and die for us. Please read the story and the verses below.
The Man and the Birds
As told by Paul Harvey
“The man I’m going to tell you about was not a scrooge, he was a kind decent, mostly good man. Generous to his family and upright in his dealings with other men. But he just didn’t believe in all of that incarnation stuff that the churches proclaim at Christmas time. It just didn’t make sense and he was too honest to pretend otherwise. He just couldn’t swallow the Jesus story, about God coming to Earth as a man.
He told his wife I’m truly sorry to distress you, but I’m not going with you to church this Christmas Eve. He said he would feel like a hypocrite and that he would much rather just stay at home, but that he would wait up for them. So he stayed and they went to the midnight service.
Shortly after the family drove away in the car, snow began to fall. He went to the window to watch the flurries getting heavier and heavier and then he went back to his fireside chair and began to read his newspaper.
Minutes later he was startled by a thudding sound. Then another … and then another. At first he thought someone must be throwing snowballs against the living room window. But when he went to the front door to investigate he found a flock of birds huddled outside miserably in the snow. They’d been caught in the storm and in a desperate search for shelter they had tried to fly through his large landscape window. That is what had been making the sound.
Well, he couldn’t let the poor creatures just lie there and freeze, so he remembered the barn where his children stabled their pony. That would provide a warm shelter. All he would have to do is to direct the birds into the shelter.
Quickly, he put on a coat and galoshes and he tramped through the deepening snow to the barn. He opened the doors wide and turned on a light so the birds would know the way in. But the birds did not come in.
So, he figured that food would entice them. He hurried back to the house and fetched some bread crumbs. He sprinkled them on the snow, making a trail of bread crumbs to the yellow-lighted wide open doorway of the stable. But to his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs.
The birds continued to flap around helplessly in the snow. He tried catching them but could not. He tried shooing them into the barn by walking around and waving his arms. Instead, they scattered in every direction … every direction except into the warm lighted barn.
And that’s when he realized they were afraid of him. To them, he reasoned, I am a strange and terrifying creature. If only I could think of some way to let them know that they can trust me. That I am not trying to hurt them, but to help them. But how? Any move he made tended to frighten them and confuse them. They just would not follow. They would not be led or shooed because they feared him.
He thought to himself, if only I could be a bird 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 … to the safe warm barn. But I would have to be one of them so they could see … and hear … and understand.
At that moment the church bells began to ring. The sound reached his ears above the sounds of the wind.
He stood there listening to the bells, Adeste Fidelis, listening to the bells pealing the glad tidings of Christmas.
And he sank to his knees in the snow … “
The website this story is on: Paul Harvey and “The Man and the Birds” – Christian Heritage Fellowship, Inc.
Jesus chose to come to earth so that we could understand His good news about forgiveness and grace:
Galations 4:4-7 “4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Redeemed means to be set free from bondage to sin. God died on the cross to redeem us from the bonds of sin.
Sin is the wrong things we have done, said, and even thought.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [a]this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
As sinners, we all deserve judgment and hell, but God offers us grace. Mercy would be simply not getting what we deserve and have earned. God doesn’t just offer us mercy, but grace. Grace is getting something good that you don’t deserve. God offers us forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.
John 3:15-18, 36 “15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him.
To be saved is to be rescued from something bad to somewhere good and safe. Saved, in a spiritual sense, means to be saved from destruction and judgment to everlasting life and freedom in Christ.
Romans 3:23 “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 6:23 “23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 “8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10: 9, 10, 13 “9 [a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [a]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [b]resulting in salvation. 13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This Good News of Forgiveness and Eternal Life that Jesus Christ came to earth to share with us is what I am going to England to share with people there. Jesus came to show us the only way to everlasting life!
Do you personally know Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior? If you don’t, you can right now! Simply: ADMIT that you have sinned against God and ask Him for forgiveness. BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died for you on the cross, rose from the dead, and is Lord. CALL upon Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.