The mysterious thing about gift wrapping paper is it slows time to a crawl. After I wrap a gift, I can hardly wait, and frequently fail to wait, until the moment the gift is first unwrapped. The more special the gift, the slower goes the time. It’s not just me, it’s a rule, a law of physics. Which means angels in heaven must have had a very hard time waiting for Jesus to be “unwrapped.”
Think about it from their perspective: In heaven, you hear about God’s plan to have His Son become a human and be born on earth. Earth is a sphere that spins around some tiny speck of light way out in the universe. Humans are creatures God made to live on that sphere. And Almighty God has decided to send His Son there as a human! You can hardly imagine it, let alone understand it. More amazing than if the Orkin man decided to become a termite. And after Jesus has been “wrapped” in Mary, so to speak, imagine the gathering anticipation for the reveal. Imagine how slowly those nine months would pass, worse than waiting at the DMV. And how excited you would be to witness this miracle. You would be ready to explode!
So now, God comes and says, “We’re getting a choir together to celebrate it when Jesus is born. What do you think, would you be interested?” “Are You kidding? Of course I’m interested; I can’t wait!” And after Gabriel is done setting the stage for the shepherds and gives the cue to the angelic choir director, how enthusiastic would your singing be? This is probably a vast understatement:
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)
Jesus is going to come again, this time not as a baby but as the King of Kings! Time is creeping at an agonizing pace. But, as we wait, you don’t have to try to contain your excitement. You can get ready to pump your fist and sing!