|The altar and crucifix of St. Augustine By The Sea Church, Waikiki, Hawaii|
The questions that must follow such a query are: Why would the King of the Universe die on a tree for us? Or be born as one of us, a dependent infant, in a stable?
The cross was considered a very humiliating death, and yet God suffered it for us as only God could. And the manger itself speaks volumes about how much our God values humility, honesty and simplicity, not the transient wealth, station, or power the world esteems.
Why is God present with us? Why was he born among animals and crucified with criminals?