There is a story of a young king in olden days who really loved his people, and was grieved to know how much they suffered from hunger and cold and sickness. He did what he could by gifts of clothes and food, but his people did not seem to care. "It’s no use telling the King our troubles," they would say. "He could never understand what it is to work or to be hungry and cold."
The young king felt discouraged and went to a wise old man of his kingdom to seek his advice.
"How can I win the confidence of my people?" he asked. "I want to show them how to put an end to some of their sufferings, and help them to bear the others bravely, but they do not know their king loves them. Tell me how I can make them understand."
"There would be only one way, I think, Your Majesty."
"Tell me, for God’s sake."
"If Your Majesty could go and live among them, not as king, but as one of themselves."
That night a man dressed in poor clothing left the palace. No one knew it was the king, and no one knew his secret but the old man and two trusted servants. People thought the king had gone on a journey to some faraway country. But for months he lived in a poor hut in one of the towns. He lived and ate and worked as a peasant; he tended the sick and aided the workers. The people around him soon got to love him and came to him for help and advice. They were sorry when he had to say good-by to them.
When he came back to the palace and once more went among the people as he did before, he was soon recognized by those who had known him as a laborer. The story spread, and from that time on his people loved and trusted him because he had shown that he loved and cared for them to such an extent that he had even become one of them.
Jesus loved us so much that He became one of us. Though He was God, He wanted to become man. He lived and worked and suffered like us. We should go to Him with great confidence, because He understands our needs, since He is man. He can help us in our needs, He is God.