An Angel’s Perspective on the Birth of Jesus

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You cannot understand our perspective. You do not even understand how the lower animals perceive reality – how could you understand the perceptions of spiritual beings higher than you?

We comprehend things you cannot see or hear or touch or smell. We embody a reality you cannot perceive. Where you see one reason, we distinguish ten thousand, stretched across time and space.

Were you to experience reality as we do for even a moment, your brains would overload. They could not handle the cascade of information that flows through us, a million times more than you can currently process. We observe what is happening on multiple layers of reality all at once: physical, moral, and spiritual – and for us each of those layers of reality is layered into others, which in turn are layered into others.

You are like the lamp that uses 110 volts of electricity. We are like the generator that produces a million times that much. You live in a cramped world of four dimensions – three of space and one of time. How can I make you understand? For us, that is a prison cell, a coffin, even. You are like an abacus with beads, we are like a supercomputer. We know millions of times more than you, and understand what you cannot even dream.

And yet … we do not understand this. We have seen and analyzed trillions of variables, but this took us by surprise. This is further beyond us than we are beyond you. What happened in Bethlehem has left us, like you, awe-struck and in wonder, and all we can do is cry: “Glory to God in the Highest.”

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow … even angels long to look into these things.” (1 Peter 1:12-14)

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