“When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’ (Galatians 4:4-6).
We are made in God’s image. God the Father is not just the household head of some families, but of every family on earth. Every family is named after Him.
In this season, the Holy Family is a great example for families everywhere to always be open to whatever God’s will is and to always be listening and obedient to His will. Joseph opens his heart to the messenger sent by God and takes Mary into his home. Mary hears God’s invitation, and she says ‘yes’ to God.
John 1:14: “The Word became flesh.” The Son, who is in eternal relation to the Father and Spirit, willingly humbled Himself and chose to assume a human nature in obedience to His Father and for our salvation. As the eternal Son, He is the full image and expression of the Father. Jesus the Son, the babe in the manger, is fully God and fully man. That is why there was worship at His birth.
The incarnation was thoroughly supernatural and a demonstration of God’s sovereignty and grace. In Jesus we truly meet God face to face in full undiminished glory. So, from now on we regard no-one from a worldly point of view, though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come and the curse reversed.
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.” (Heb. 2:10). As a result of the incarnation, God the Son becomes perfectly qualified to meet our every need, especially our need for the forgiveness of sin. This results in our full restoration as God’s image-bearers and is only accomplished in Jesus Christ our Lord.