Though no one could have known all of this at the time, Jesus was the priest who became the sacrifice, the king who took on the form of a servant, the prophet who himself was the Word of God. He was Immanuel, God with us-Son of God, Son of Man.

But the death and resurrection of Jesus only makes sense through the lens of his birth. God’s eternal Son, who was present at creation when God made man in his likeness, humbled himself and took on flesh, born in the like rss of man. The Maker knitted him together in Mary’s womb, fearfully and wonderfully forming each tin part in the depths o her waters. God saw his unformed body. Every day ordained for him was recorded in his Father’s book of life before a single one had come to pass.

And now he has come.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.