Over the Christmas season, you’ll hear how God became a man. How is that? And how do we wrap our minds around the idea that the Creator of the universe lived on earth in the form of a man? The theological term used to describe God becoming man is incarnation. It can be illustrated this way:
Suppose you have an aquarium. You feed the fish daily. Every once in a while you clean the tank. When you go out of town, you drop a feeder in the aquarium so the fish will have plenty to eat while you’re gone. You would think with all the effort, concern, and money spent on the fish that they would be grateful. But if your hand gets close to them, they show one emotion: fear.
To your fish, you are deity. You are too large for them. Your actions are too incomprehensible. They see your acts of mercy and care as cruelty. The only way you could change their perception of you would be to become incarnate. You would have to become a fish and speak to them in a language they could understand.
A human being becoming a fish may seem a little far-fetched. (Actually, evolutionists believe we evolved from fish so maybe it’s not so far-fetched to some!) God becoming a baby seems incredible. Yet that is exactly what happened that night in Bethlehem. God became a man so that we would know his love, grace, and mercy.
In John’s gospel, he wrote,
“The Word (i.e., God) became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
As you celebrate the birth of the Savior this Christmas season, be reminded that he knows all of the emotions that come with living on earth. He can relate to your joys, your sorrows, your glee, and your grief. He dwelled among us so that he can dwell in us.