The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever. Psalms 28:8, 9 (NIV)
A godly father dug a well with his children and used it to teach them why Jesus came to earth.
“Kids, let’s play a game. See if you can find a way out of this hole. I’ll stand outside the pit and you must get up to where I am. The only rule is that you can’t touch the ladder.”
The children debated the problem. The oldest child suggested they stand on each other’s shoulders. This enterprise failed and they tumbled to the bottom of the hole. Next, the middle child said they should jump as high as possible and grab the edge of the hole. This didn’t work because no one could jump high enough.
After much arguing and frustration, the children wanted to give up. The father encouraged them to keep trying.
“I have an idea,” the youngest said. “Daddy please climb down the ladder and get in the hole with us.” The father complied. “Bend down, Daddy.” The father did so and the girl climbed onto her father’s back. “Now, go up the ladder.” As the father carried the little one out of the hole, her smile grew into a squeal. “There, I’m up where you are and I didn't touch the ladder.”
Everybody laughed and clapped.
“You see children, we were in a hole we dug by our sin. No amount of standing on the shoulders of the religious people who went before us or jumping on the legs of self-effort could get us out. The only way out of our sin was for Jesus to come into our hole, bend down so any child could climb on, and carry us back to our heavenly Father.
“That’s why Jesus came to earth.”
Prayer: Humble Savior, thank you for lowering yourself to carry me.