John Owen commenting on this passage had a very profound thought. It is a little bit on the long side … but well worth the time to meditate on.
“This is the glory which God designed to his only Son incarnate, and it gives us a little view into the glory of that mystery, the wonderful eternal design of God to glorify himself in the incarnation of Christ. God would have his eternal, his only-begotten Son to be incarnate, to take our nature on him, to be made man. What is the design in this incomprehensible work of his wisdom, love, and power? Indeed, in the first place, it was for the redemption of the church, by the sacrifice of himself, and other acts of his mediation. But there is that which is more general and comprehensive, and in which all the concerns of the glory of God do centre. And this was, that he might ‘gather all things into one’ in him; that the whole creation, especially that which was to be eternally blessed, should have a new head given to it, for its sustenation, preservation, order, honour, and safety. All springs are in him, and all streams are to him, and in and by him to God. Who can express the divine beauty, order, and harmony of all things that are in this, their recapitulation in Christ?
…In particular, the Lord Christ is glorious in this, in that the whole breach made on the glory of God in the creation, by the entrance of sin, is by this repaired and made up. The beauty and order of the whole creation consisted in its dependence on God, by the obedience of the rational part of it, angels and men. Thereby were the being, the goodness, the wisdom, and power of God made manifest. But the beauty of this order was defaced and the manifestation of the divine perfections to the glory of God eclipsed, by the entrance of sin. But all is restored, repaired, and made up, in this recapitulation of all things in one new head, Christ Jesus; yea, the [careful design] of the divine creation is rendered more beautiful than it was before. Hence the whole of it groans for the interest of each part in this restoration of all things (Rom. 8:22). Whatever there is of order, beauty, of glory, in heaven above, or in earth beneath, it all arises from this new relation of the creation to the Son of God. Whatever is not gathered into one, even in him, in its place, and according to its measure, is under darkness, disorder, and the curse” (The Glory of Christ: His Office and Grace,169-170).