During the sacred penultimacy of the crucifixion, that’s how his arms were—wide open, his palms nailed to a length of unfinished wood, as innocent and vulnerable as it is possible to be.
Let’s say that the goal is vulnerability, the living of a free and undefended life. This is simply not possible if we’re full of fear. Freedom begins with the recognition that there are no degrees of fear. Fear of anything is fear of everything.
In the way that defensiveness conceals weakness, defencelessness reveals strength.
Jesus fell three times on the way to his execution.