Catechism 22

Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
(New City Catechism)

Mystery, this:
the perfect life lived,
Law satisfied,
   and yet
my death visited on Him.

Mystery, too
that many should live
through the death
   of the world’s
only righteous Man.

And mystery –
the greatest of all! –
that God should weep
   and feel
temptation’s aching power.

This mystery
clutches me and
holds me spellbound,
   freed within
its wondrous, saving thrall.

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