See the incarnation by itself may comfort us because we know Jesus understands us and it may inspire us because we see perfection. But if we just have the the incarnation without the other two “tions” – the crucifixion and the resurrection – we are honestly not left with much hope because we know that we do not live up to the standard God has for us.
But there is hope because the baby Jesus grew up and faced the cross which was set before him by the Father. On that cross he took the punishment for sin, if you believe in his name – as it says here in verse 12. And on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave, defeating death forever. If you faith is in Jesus, you are a child of God.
Verse 13 here lets us know that to be a child of God, it doesn’t matter what your ethnic background is – God’s family is made up of every nation on earth. And it also doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. Whether you were a really bad person who has done horrible things – you never bad enough that God won’t take you into his family. But even if you are a really nice person who goes to church every week and serves the homeless – you are will never be good enough to earn the right to be in God’s family.
Adoption into the family of God is a work of grace. It was God’s will for Jesus to move into our neighborhood so that the journey to the cross could begin. Rest in the fact that God has taken the first step to make this world right. He is not a distant God who doesn’t care about us and the problems we face. The incarnation is proof that God is redeeming this broken world that we live in and he is calling you and I to join him, by faith, to bring healing to your own life and to the lives of those around you.