Does the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ Matter?
Everything we believe about Christ, salvation, the Gospel etc hinges on the Virgin Birth! I don’t think many Christians & even some preachers understand the significance of the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. To deny the Virgin Birth is to deny Christ! I want to make four statements about Jesus’ birth from Scripture to show the significance of it. His birth was a miracle birth which solidifies God’s claim in the Bible that Jesus is deity! No other human was or ever will be born this way. The Holy Spirit performed this miracle in the womb of a sexually pure young woman named Mary. God revealed this to Mary as well as her husband-to-be Joseph. Jesus’ birth was not natural, it was a supernatural occurrence. The Virgin Birth is the claim of the Bible (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1, 2). His birth was a mysterious birth. It was prophesied that a Savior would be born of a virgin. Isaiah said, “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” Simeon and Anna were among those in Israel waiting for the Messianic hope (Luke 2:25-38). Jesus explained this mystery to two disciples on the Emmaus road (Luke 24:13-32). Thirdly, Jesus’ birth was a meek birth. He wasn’t born in a palace but where animals were kept. His first bed was a feeding trough because there was no room for Him in the inn. The King of glory being placed in a manger is a wonder in of itself. Think about it. We worship an amazing God! Lastly, His birth was a meaningful birth. Jesus was born to die. He is God’s gift to us. James calls Him “the Perfect gift from above.” The “Gift” is the hope of the world! He came to restore us to God, provide forgiveness for sin, and take us to heaven. The Virgin Birth gives us the right to call Him God. The Virgin Birth is just as important to the Gospel message as the Resurrection is. Without the Virgin Birth there is no Christmas!
If you would like to hear more of the Christmas story join me at Valley Baptist Church tomorrow morning December 25, 2016 at 11 am for a special Christmas worship celebration!
Randy J. McPheron