And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (Luke 2:6–7, NLT)
In some of the Psalms, people cry out to God as if he is at a great distance, as if he were distracted from watching the world of men. People need to get his attention and they are crying for help. They wonder why he has been absent and why the world is going bad.
They were hoping for a divine intervention. Those usually had come by one army defeating another army. The prophets said it was God using the armies.
In Jesus, God came in person.
It might have seemed underwhelming, seeing God lying in a manger. But that was God. In person.
God’s plan was incipient in that place, in that baby. Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. He will save his people from their sins. He will be the first one resurrected. He will restore the earth to its initial purpose. He will rule it will power and glory.
Everyone will bow to him. In person.