The Dual Nature of Christ

“He was baptized as man – but he remitted sins as God….He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God….He hungered – but he fed thousands….He was wearied, but he is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden….He prays, but he hears our 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, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver; but he redeems the world, and that at a great price, for the price was his own blood….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 infirmity….He dies, but gives life, and by his death destroys death.”

–Gregory of Nanzianzus (c. 329-390 AD)


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