Jesus is the only person who spoke intelligibly before his conception and birth. And his words do not convey the joy that our carols express about his arrival.
The Will of The Father
“When Christ came into the world, he said to his Father, ‘Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me . . . I have come to do Your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the Book.'” (Hebrews 10:5-7) Jesus obviously knew full well why He was being sent to earth: to be tortured and crucified as a sacrifice for all the sins of mankind. But it was all part of a plan conceived before the beginning of Creation. Indeed, Jesus is “the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) His destiny was prophesied in detail in the Scriptures. (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, et. al.)
The Send Off
I wonder what it was like in heaven before the beloved Son of the Father was sent into the womb of the Virgin. Did they have a last supper together? Were angels invited to say their goodbyes and give their best wishes? I suspect, if it were possible, that both Father and Son had a tearful embrace as the latter said goodbye to his home and family in heaven to become a baby human on a hostile earth, the former knowingly sending His Beloved Son into a world where most would neither recognize nor appreciate him and brutally, shamefully mistreat him who was sacrificing himself for them.
Meanwhile we sing, “Joy to the world the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king.” Will you be among those gathered to welcome him and thank him for coming?