I guess one of the things I love most about the God I read about in the Bible is his vulnerability. He is the God who can roar, who can order armies and empires like pawns. Yet he willingly comes near to every day folks like us.

This God emerged in Palestine as a little baby who couldn't speak, couldn't eat solid food, couldn't control his bladder; he depended on a poor young couple for shelter.

At least three times, Jesus — god in human flesh — cried in front of his followers. He didn't hide his fears or hesitate to ask for help. He said, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." And at Gethsemane he said, "Stay here and watch with me." How many strong leaders today would make themselves so vulnerable?

And this is what draws us to him. He absolutely understands us, and he still loves us! It's remarkable!

No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like. (John 1:18 ERV)