Our God, Jesus the Christ, was conceived by Mary, of the seed of David and yet of the Holy Spirit, according to God’s plan of salvation. He was born and baptized so that through his suffering he would purify the water.…From that time on every evil spell was exposed, all bonds of evil vanished, and ignorance was removed. The ancient kingdom was shattered. God revealed himself in human form to bring the newness of eternal life! Now began that which had been prepared by God. From now on everything came into motion, from now on the destruction of death was taken in hand.
–St. Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Ephesians, before 120 A.D.