When God showed up in Jesus Christ, he was not a pillar of fire, not a tornado, but a baby. There is nothing like a baby. Even young children have their own agenda and can run from you. But little babies can be picked up, hugged, kissed, and they’re open to it, they cling to you. Why would God come in the form of a baby, rather than a firestorm or whirlwind? Because this time he has come not to bring judgment but to bear it, to pay the penalty for our sins, to take away the barrier between humanity and God, so we can be together. Jesus is God with us. The incarnation did not happen merely to let us know that God exists. It happened to bring him near, so he can be with us and we with him.
by Tim Keller