Gregory of Nazianzus, the 4th century Cappadocian Father, provides a beautiful picture of the power of Christ’s divinity while maintaining the limitations of Christ’s humanity. This excerpt is from “The Third Theological Oration: On The Son.”
Lord Jesus Christ,
we bless you and praise you
because you were baptised as man-
but you forgave as God.
You were tempted as man-
but you conquered as God.
but you fed thousands.
Yes, you are the Bread that gives life;
you are the Bread that is of heaven.
but you cried out,
“Let anyone who is thirsty
come to me and drink” (John 7:37)
You became weary;
but you are the rest of those
who are weary and heavy laden.
You were called demon-possessed-
but the demons acknowledged you,
and you drove them out.
but you hear prayer.
but you caused tears to cease.
You asked where Lazarus was laid, for you are man-
but you raised Lazarus, for you are God.
You were silent like a lamb-
but you are the Word.
but you give life.
You were buried-
but you rose again.
You ascended to heaven,
and shall come again to judge the living and the dead.
*Taken in part from Tim Chester’s Lenten devotional, “An Ocean of Grace.”