One of the stories told at the Nurnberg war trials was that of a group of Jews who had escaped from the gas chambers and had taken refuge in a cemetery. They lived in the pits that had been dug to serve as graves. One night a baby was born in one of those pits with the grave digger, an old Orthodox Jew, assisting in the birth. When the baby uttered its first cry, the grave digger exclaimed, “Great God, have You finally sent the Messiah? Who but the Messiah would be born in a grave?”
Little did that Orthodox Jew know that the real Messiah has come and has been reborn in a grave. Jesus died, laid in a grave for three days, and then was born again. He has done it for us so that we may be born again to new life!
Teaching from Luther’s Small Catechism