THE WORD BECAME FLESH
There is a Chinese restaurant in Memphis that has a large, first-class aquarium. It contains a glorious assortment of tropical fish with colors so extraordinary that only God could have decorated them. It takes lots of work to have an aquarium. The owner monitors the oxygen and nitrate levels and the ammonia content of the water. Vitamins, antibiotics, and sulfa drugs must be pumped in. The fish have to be fed regularly. Now with all that care and attention, you would think that the fish would adore the owner. But they don’t. Anytime he comes around, they dart away in fear. The owner is like a god to those fish, too big to comprehend, too frightening to love.
The only way to change their understanding would be for the owner to somehow become a fish in order to communicate the truth to the fish. Similarly, God had to become a person in order for us to truly understand God’s love for us. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).