"Remaining what he was and taking on what he was not, [Jesus] united the true 'form of a servant' with the form in which he is equal to God the Father. He grafted together both natures in such a union that...majesty takes up humility, strength takes up weakness, eternity takes up mortality...True God and true man...[he] was able to both die (because of his humanity) and to rise again (because of his divinity)."
--Leo the Great, ca. 400-461
Excerpt from Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel, edited by John D. Witvliet and David Vroege
Image: "Adoration of the Magi" (1495-1505) by Andrea Mantegna