2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
2 Corinthians 8:9
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”
The Miracle of Jesus’ Birth!
The importance of the miracle of Jesus’ birth is revealed in a question that Jesus asked the Pharisees. It has been repeated throughout history and serves as the defining question concerning Jesus.
Jesus ask the Pharisees,
“…saying, ‘What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ ”
The virgin birth is a struggle for so many because it requires the supernatural.
What do we do with the miracle of Jesus birth?
1. We cannot simply dismiss it!
Scripture is clear and there cannot be any confusion as to the teaching of the Bible— Jesus was born to his virgin mother in the town of Bethlehem.
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.”
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).”
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
“And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’ ”
2. We need to understand the impact of the virgin birth of Jesus on every truth in Christianity.
“If we do not hold to the virgin birth despite the fact that the Bible asserts it, then we have compromised the authority of the Bible and there is in principle no reason why we should hold to its other teachings. Thus, rejecting the virgin birth has implications reaching far beyond the doctrine itself.”
The virgin birth explains:
- Jesus is both God and man.
- Jesus did not sin.
- Jesus’ birth is not only miraculous but saturated with grace.
Jesus is both God and man!
2 John 2:7
“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”
Here are the facts:
1. The Triune God of the Bible has existed and reigned from all eternity, and Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity took on human flesh at a particular point in time (Luke 1:35; Hebrews 1:5).
2. God the Son added a sinless human nature to His eternally existent divine nature. The result was the Incarnation.
3. Jesus, God the Son became a man (John 1:1, 14). Hebrews 2:17 gives the reason that Jesus had to be both God and man.
“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
4. At no time did Jesus ever cease to be God.
5. It is equally true that, after becoming incarnate, the Son has never ceased to be human.
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Jesus did not sin!
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
1 Peter 2:22
“He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
1 John 3:5
“You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.”
1 Peter 1:18-19
“…knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
To redeem that race from sin, Christ had to be identified with us in our humanity, but be sinless Himself.
Jesus’ birth is saturated with grace!
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”