In National Geographic’s “Story of God” episode “God Among Us” Morgan Freeman visits the spot where many Christians believe Jesus was born, and witnesses the Christmas festivities that occur annually there.

Freeman also goes to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to see a first-order relic — the crown of thorns. An expert explains the long history of the relic, and why so many believers put their faith in objects like this.

Many people were taught as children that God is in heaven; but we still want to believe that it’s possible for people here on earth to have a direct connection to God.

Christians think of Jesus as the epitome of the divine made human, but people of all faiths have sought God in charismatic figures.

Are there people walking among us who truly embody the divine?

STORY OF GOD episode GOD AMONG US 
Premieres On March 12 At 9 p.m. on National Geographic