After the Israelites' escape from Egypt--when God parted the Red Sea. As they prepared to move out from Mount Sinai—where Moses received the Ten Commandments. To begin their lives as a freed nation, at last, in the Promised Land. Moses asked God to send down His Presence, to reveal His glory. Because they could not go on without Him.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
“I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence...But, you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live.” (Exodus 33:14,19-20)
Then the Most High hid Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with His hand as He passed by. In all of His glory.
Show Me Your Glory by Third Day
On the first Christmas, God did not send presents. But His Presence.
God incarnate. So that people would be able--at last--to see God's face and live. He sent down His glory. In the form of His Son. Who was with Him from before time began. Who humbled himself in a way that we can hardly imagine. And became flesh. Creator God, dependent upon His own creation. In this way, He could take on the sins of the world. And extend His mercy to all who would receive Him. For there is no other way to be reconciled to God.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
The best gift of all.
The Presence of God.