st gregory of nyssa on why Christ came…

 

“do you ask why God was born among men?

here is the reason for God’s presence among men.  our nature was sick and needed a doctor.  man had fallen and needed someone to raise him up.  he who had ceased to participate in the good needed someone to bring him back to it.  he who was shut in darkness needed the presence of life.  the prisoner was looking for someone to ransom him, the captive was lookin for someone to take his part.  he who was under the yoke of slavery was looking for someone to set him free.  were these trifling and unworthy reasons to impel God to come down to visit human nature…?”

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