To give to His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Of course, this passage is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ (it is taken from the record of His birth). Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life and die on the cross, not for His own sin, for He had none, but for the sins of those who are called by His Name. This wonderful gift is freely offered to all the world!
There is no thirst of the soul so consuming as the desire for pardon. The sense of its bestowal is the staring point of all goodness.... To be able to look into God's face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. Whatever else pardon may be, it is above all things admission inot full fellowship with God.
~ Charles H. Brent