What he was he continued to be; what he was not he took to himself. In the beginning he was, uncaused; for what is the cause of God? But afterward for a cause he was born. And that cause was that you might be saved, who insult him and despise his Godhead…He was laid in a manger—but he was glorified by angels, and proclaimed by a star, and worshipped by the Magi. He was baptized as a man—but he remitted sins as God. He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God. He hungered—but he fed thousands; yea, he is the bread that gives life, and that is of heaven. He thirsted—but he cried, “If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink.” He was wearied, but he is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden. He was heavy with sleep, but he walked lightly over the sea. He prays, but he hears prayer. He weeps, but he causes tears to cease. He asks where Lazarus was laid, for he was man; but he raises Lazarus, for he was God. He is sold, and very cheap, but he redeems the world, and that at a great price. As a sheep he is led to the slaughter, but he is the shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also. As a lamb he is silent, yet he is the Word, and is proclaimed by the voice of one crying in the wilderness. He is bruised and wounded, but he heals every disease and every infirmity. He is lifted up and nailed to the tree, but by the tree of life he restores us. He is given vinegar to drink mingled with gall. Who? He who turned the water into wine, who is the destroyer of the bitter taste, who is sweetness and altogether desired. He lays down his life, but he has power to take it again. He dies, but he gives life, and by his death destroys death. He is buried but he rises again. He goes down into hell, but he brings up the souls. He ascends to heaven, and shall come again to judge the living and the dead. — Gregory of Nazianus