When Jane Goodall was in her 20s, she travelled to Africa to observe chimpanzees in Tanzania. Things didn’t go so well at first. As soon as the chimps saw her, they ran away.
Not to be deterred, Goodall decided to imitate the chimps’ behavior. She ate what she saw them eating. She spent hours sitting in trees. In time, the chimps began to see her as one of their own. After she had been with them for two years, they no longer showed any fear of her.
God decided that, in order not to frighten us, he would come to earth as a human. By living the way we lived, he identified with us, and we are able to identify with him. If he had done it any other way, it would have been too scary for us.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14.