A certain king was very rich. His power was known throughout the world. But he was most unhappy, for he desired a wife. Without a queen, the vast palace was empty. One day, while riding through the streets of a small village, he saw a beautiful peasant girl. So lovely was she that the heart of the king was won. He wanted her more than anything he had ever desired. On succeeding days, he would ride by her house on the mere hope of seeing her for a moment in passing. He wondered how he might win her love.
He thought, “I will draw up a royal decree and require her to be brought before me to become the queen of my land.” But, as he considered, he realized that she was a subject and would be forced to obey. He could never be certain that he had won her love. Then, he said to himself, “I will call on her in person. I will dress in my finest royal garb, wear my diamond rings, my silver sword, my shiny black boots, and my most colorful tunic. I will overwhelm her and sweep her off her feet to become my bride.” But, as he pondered the idea, he knew that he would always wonder whether she had married him for the riches and power he could give her.
Then, he decided to dress as a peasant drive to the town, and have his carriage let him off. In disguise, he would approach her house. But,
somehow the dishonesty of this plan did not appeal to him. At last, he knew what he must do. He would shed his royal robes! He would go to the village and become one of the peasants. He would work and suffer with them. He would actually become a peasant. This he did. And by identifying with his subjects in this sacrificial way, he won the heart of his wife.
In like manner, our Creator also considered how He might win the hearts of humankind. And then at just the right time, God in Christ robed Himself in human flesh and became one of us, taking upon Himself the very form of mortal man to dwell among us (John 1:14). Then, in the fullest demonstration of His great love for us, He died on the cross for our sins, so that we might be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Has His love won YOUR heart?