God does not understand what it is like to be one of us, Joan Osborne sang. Imagine he was just a “slob like one of us”, or “a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home”.
But God does know. Born a small-town boy of questionable parentage, an African refugee and a manual labourer from “a no-good place”. He knew rejection and betrayal. His own family doubted his sanity at one point.
He did not use his power to crush us or keep aloof from us. Instead He became one of us in order to rescue us. He knows what it is like to be one of us. Because of Jesus God understands what is like to be human.