One day while passing through the poorer section of a local village in his carriage, his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden. Now often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love. But he had a problem. How would he seek her hand?
He could order her to marry him. But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely and voluntarily. He could put on his most splendid uniform and drive up to her front door in a carriage drawn by six horses. But he would never be certain that the maiden loved him or was simply overwhelmed with all his splendour. Instead he would give up his robes, move into the village, entering not with a crown but in the garb of a peasant. He lived among the people, shared their interests, concerns and talked their language. In time the maiden grew to love him for whom he was and loved him because he had first loved her.
This very simple, almost childlike story, explains what we mean by the incarnation. God came and lived, among us, to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is with us, that he is on our side, and that he loves us. Secondly, it gives us a first-hand view of what the mind of God is really all about and when people ask what God is like, we as Christians can point to the person of Jesus Christ. God himself is incomprehensible. But in Jesus Christ this incomprehensible God makes himself known.