Which is more amazing? That Jesus will come in His glory with all the angels to sit on His glorious throne to rule the nations (see Matthew 25.31) or that Jesus would humble Himself and be made like us in every respect to make propitiation for our sins (see Hebrews 2.14-16)?
If we really give our mind to it, the second coming of Jesus is the only coming of Jesus that makes sense. As the Creator and Judge of all creation, the Son of God has witnessed the rebellion of humanity against the Most High God. Although God made Himself plainly known to humanity through creation, they refused to honor Him as God or give Him thanks (see Romans 1.18-23). What would we expect the King of Kings to do to a population that mounted a revolution against His kingship? In the Parable of the Vineyard, as told by Jesus, the owner of the vineyard would “put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give Him the fruits in their season” (Matthew 21.41). His return to “inflict vengeance on those who do not know God or obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” is the only logical action to take (see 2 Thessalonians 1.8).
But the surprise of creation’s story, the unexpected turn of events, the illogical action of the King of Kings is that God made Himself nothing, took the form of a servant, was born in human form, and humbled Himself by dying on a cross (see Philippians 2.7-8). We have heard the Christmas story so many times that the wonder has worn off. This year, allow your soul to explore the wonder that Jesus came as a Lamb when He should have come as a Judge. Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us!