The birth story of Jesus, while heart-warming and mysterious, is no match for the centrality of Easter. The Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John provide no birth narrative. In Matthew and Luke the actual birth narratives are relatively short. Paul offers only one verse in Galatians 4:4 about the birth of Jesus. However, Paul spends portions of 13 books dwelling on aspects of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.During Holy Week we need to remind ourselves that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. On Good Friday we need to remember that Jesus is the suffering servant by whose stripes we are healed. On Easter Sunday we learn that If God can raise Jesus from the dead, there is nothing in our lives God cannot handle. Finally, the resurrection of Jesus is the hope and promise of our own victory over death and the grave. Hallelujah! Christ is risen indeed!