The New Testament Part II: The Herald of the King
"The way of the cross was the glory of Christ. The path of death was how Christ slew our true adversaries, Sin and Death."
If you are opening up a new business nowadays, soft openings are a common way to go. With this soft opening, you can work out the kinks and begin building some hype. Then after a few months, the grand opening extravaganza explodes with sales and balloons. The soft opening gives the business time to get some publicity.
In a similar way, the birth of our Lord was a soft opening. Mary's song did not get played beyond the ears of Elizabeth; the angels' choir performed Handel's Messiah, but a few scraggly shepherds were ...