From the archives of Oral Roberts

I remember as a small boy listening to Will Rogers for the first time. We lived in Ada, Oklahoma. That year a drought came. The crops failed, and farmers were being wiped out. We lived in town at the time, and food was scarce. I sold newspapers on the street. One day, I ran down the street shouting this headline: Will Rogers is Coming! I sold lots of papers that day.

Will Rogers was able to cheer up this nation from time to time. He was well-read; his humor was direct and simple. The convention hall in Ada was filled with people from our county. They were from all walks of life, in Sunday clothes and work clothes, blue collars and white collars. They all sat together. As a little boy I sat there too.

Will told a few funny stories, then opened his billfold and gave the first money to help those who were losing everything. Soon everyone there was giving. People left the hall that day no longer depressed. They were saying, “Will Rogers knows what we’re going through. He came down here to help us with our problems.”

That’s what our Lord did. Christ’s birth means far more than twinkling lights, Christmas trees, and gifts. He came to earth in human form to enter into our needs, to feel what we feel, and to help us. He knows what we’re going through because He has sat where we sit. Hebrews 4:15 says, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. And the good news is that Jesus didn’t come just for one day. He came to be with us every day, in every need, and in every way.