Leland Ryken is one of the premier Christian literary scholars. I got to know him when I was a visiting professor at Wheaton years ago. Lately, he has been bringing back the rich heritage of Christian meditation and devotion for Christians today.
I was asked to write a blurb for his book The Soul in Paraphrase: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems. This is what I said:
I would not have you contemplate the deity of Christ, the majesty of Christ, but rather his flesh. Look upon the Baby Jesus. . . . See how God invites you. . . . He places before you a Babe in whom you may take refuge. . . . Here is the Child in whom is salvation. To me there is no greater consolation given to mankind than this, that Christ became man, a child, a babe, playing in the lap and at the breasts of his most gracious mother. . . . Now is overcome the power of sin, death, hell, conscience, and guilt, if you come to this gurgling Babe and believe that he is come, not to judge you, but to save.