Friday, December 14, 2012

The Miraculous Virgin Birth

The Miraculous Virgin Birth
Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-2:1-7

There are some amazing and spectacular births recored in the Word of God. The birth of Isaac is a marvelous story of an women nearly one hundred years old, who was laughing at the thought of being with child then miraculously conceives (Genesis 21). Elizabeth was barren, but through the power of God gave birth to John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said there had yet been no one greater (Matthew 11:11.) But no birth is any more spectacular and miraculous than the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus which surpasses all in knowing it was a divine conception.

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:26-33.) 

Mary, a godly young woman who was sensitive and submissive to the Lord’s will wondered how she could conceive without knowing a man after the angel Gabriel’s announcement that she would be the mother of “the Son of the Highest.”  Mary never questioned that the angel was sent from God or that what he said was true she only wondered about this miraculous conception.“How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” (Luke 1:34).

Joseph, being espoused to Mary, made it a binding marriage and could only be terminated by divorce. Though the betrothed couple were regarded legally as husband and wife, the physical union had not yet taken place. What a good and faithful husband Joseph was to Mary. He had every right to put her away but listened to the angel which came to him in a dream. I am sure no one ever looked at Mary and Joseph the same after they knew of her conception. Even though prophecy was being fulfilled, there were those who would never believe that Mary had done things right. True faith trusts in God even when things appear very perplexing and troublesome.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS (Matthew 1:24,25). The word “know or knew” is a euphemism for sexual intimacy, a mild or indirect expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt. Joseph did not have a sexual relationship with his wife before the Christ Child was born which reinforces the truth of Jesus’ divine conception. The supernatural birth of Jesus is the only way to account for the life that He lived here on earth before sinful men. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel means “GOD WITH US” which describes who He is and distinguishes Him above all others. 

It amazes me that our God in His immense greatness and matchless wisdom would orchestrate such a design of life changing events for the world to behold and embrace. God through His prophets had foretold hundreds of years before of the miraculous birth of Christ and “none can stay His hand” (Daniel 4:35). God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19) The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: (Isaiah 14:24). God promised that the Christ Child would come, be born, pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross, raise from the grave, and ascend into Heaven. He fulfilled every prophecy; Oh, praise His Holy name.

Thought: The virgin birth is necessary to the trustworthiness of the gospel records for if the gospel records are wrong concerning the birth of Christ, then everything they say concerning His life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension becomes questionable. Obviously Jesus’ conception by the Holy Sprit is a great mystery and to understand such things we will have to await heaven, when we will see our Lord “face to face.” Who else but our Omnipotent God could design and accomplish such a divine plan that brought the King of Glory to earth through a Virgin Birth at the appointed time, in the specified place, with the assigned people. Who else could provided for us a Savior who would take our sins, who knew no sin, upon Himself to sacrificially give to us, eternal life. Oh, what love, and for this He is to be given the highest praise!

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