My wife and I recently rented a DVD from Netflix called "The Natural History of the Chicken." The show had been a PBS Network special that aired in 2000. The program contained a dramatization of a story entitled "Call Me Chicken", written by Pastor L. Joseph Tauer. Pastor Tauer learned an amazing truth about the character or as he says, "the soul" of the chicken. I think you will be inspired by this heart-warming story, made available here by permission of Pastor Tauer. Click the link below to read "Call Me Chicken" in .pdf format:
"Call Me Chicken"
When my wife and I saw "Call Me Chicken" we appreciated the truth that Pastor Tauer had perceived. The chicken is a creature ennobled by Godly characteristics--selflessness and courage. We both arrived at another realization simultaneously. We remembered someone else who was not ashamed to be called "chicken".
MAT 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Jesus Christ likened His love and concern for His people to the maternal love that He put into the soul of the chicken. He wished passionately that Israel would huddle under His wings for protection. He was prepared to give up His life for His children, just as Liza was in the story. We are helped to understand this selfless love by the illustration that Chrst made when He compared His love and devotion to that of a mother hen. It is by knowing this part of the creation that we can perceive this trait of God's character. God loves man and was willing to give His life to save ours.
JOH 3:16 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.
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