LSB 373 See Amid the Winter Snow
The Birth of Jesus Christ
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Jesus, Word of God, Creator and King of the Universe
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds,God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made;
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heavenand was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;Genesis 22:8
Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
Behold, the Lamb of God
The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus, Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.
Teacher and Template of Humility
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.