From Pursuing the Christ by Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Your Gift comes in such creative wrapping.
Yesterday morning, Christmas day, beautifully wrapped gifts were piled high around the Christmas tree. With some of the gifts, as much thought had been given to the wrapping of the gift as to the selection of gift itself. Sometimes the wrapping was meant to disguise the gift so the surprise would be all the greater. A small gift being wrapped and hidden inside a big box. Yesterday, the artistry of the wrappings made the anticipation of the gifts greater. The wrappings invited us into the gifts. Today, the wrappings are gone and the gifts are the main focus.
You wrapped Your gift in flesh and blood. The wrapping was such that it invited us into the Gift. Had You sent Your Son unwrapped, we could not have seen Him because the brightness of His countenance would have blinded us. Like the Israelites of old, we would have hidden our faces from Him in fear and shame. So that we would not have to veil our faces, He veiled His glory.
The angels know Him wrapped in eternal glory and royal robes. They saw Him before He took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. The angels saw His triumphant return to the glory He had before the world began, and see Him now in His exalted form.
But we see Him in the flawless beauty of His humanity. We see the grandeur of His Incarnation, when He demonstrated the enormity of His love for us wrapping Himself in flesh and blood so that He could destroy that which held us captive. Seeing Him, we are blinded by His beauty to anything other than Him. We will someday see Your indescribable Gift as the angels see Him. I know that sight will be a different beauty than I have ever known. But I cannot imagine that it will be more breathtakingly beautiful to me than the King of kings wrapped in flesh and blood for my sake.