When he came to the throne in 1999, King Abdullah of Jordan caused great consternation amongst his staff by disguising himself as a taxi driver and driving a cab around Amman. He did it so that he could mingle with his people and learn what life was like for them and what they were saying and feeling, as opposed to what his advisers were saying and feeling. Abdullah today is widely admired as a reformer and influence for peace in the turbulent Middle East. He is not only a wise and compassionate monarch, but also an illustration of God who, though creator and sustainer of all that is, came to this world in Jesus Christ, who lived amongst us and now represents us in that dimension of life that is eternal – one who truly understands what life is like for us and is always present for us.

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