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This season of the year draws out those newspapers and magazine articles that attack, question and lament the issue of the virgin birth...
One writer for the New York Times put the lament plainly: “The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical over time.”
Does belief in the virgin birth make Christians “less intellectual?”
Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth?
Is this doctrine an essential component of the Gospel revealed to us in Scripture?
The Statler Brothers wrote a Christmas song entitled “Who Do You Think?” it starts this way...
There are people who are whispering
And the rumors are running wild
There's a woman who's not married
But she's gonna have a child
Her name is Mary, she's a virgin
From down in Nazareth, now listen close
She's gonna marry a man named Joseph
But the baby's father is The Holy Ghost
And who do you think could believe such a thing
Could believe that the story is true
And who do you think could believe such a thing
Well, here's hopin' to Heaven you do
Try and notice the power and significance of our passage today as we read
This passage holds a powerful truth and doctrine for believers!
This CANNOT be simply dismissed in our hearts and minds as a sweet portion of the Christmas story!
Church… this is foundational to our faith!
shares insight on this as the angel visits Joseph the one Mary is betrothed
The prophet being spoken of is Isaiah, God used him to share that this “virgin birth” would be a sign to them even… look for it!
The Incarnation: that act of grace whereby Christ took our human nature into union with his Divine Person, became man.
Easton, M. G. (1893).
In Easton’s Bible dictionary.
New York: Harper & Brothers.
As we consider this today I want to look at:
Easton, M. G. (1893).
In Easton’s Bible dictionary.
New York: Harper & Brothers.
The Importance of the Virgin Birth
A Correct Response to the Virgin Birth
The Distinctive Work of the Virgin Birth
The Importance of the Virgin Birth
Mary is a virgin… παρθένος parthenos: virgin; maiden
a female person beyond puberty but not yet married and a virgin
The Hebrew was “almah” young woman (would conceive in her womb)
A virgin would conceive without relations with a man!
Mary was betrothed to Joseph (line of David) … Pledged to be married at a certain designated time.
Only divorce could break this pledge.
The scriptures state that Joseph did not have relations with her until after Jesus was born… Mary was NOT a perpetual virgin, she had other sons and daughters after Jesus!
Consider this… “IF” Mary was not a virgin, and Joseph was not the father who was?
There is no answer sufficient enough that leaves the gospel intact if it is not the Holy Spirit
The virgin birth is the only solution to allow for Jesus Christ being God and Man
Mary herself knew she was a virgin… she believes what is said but wonders how this process will take place since she has had no relations with a man!
Verse 32… Son of the Most High!
This is significant when it comes to our sin and Christ able to die in our place...
Sin is passed down through Adam, we are all born sinners
in order for Christ to do the work of Salvation He could NOT be a son of Adam, He had to be the Son of God!
1 Corinthians 15:
That is why God made the promise as He did in the seed of the woman… God’s Holy Spirit would conceive in her womb!
The Virgin Birth:
If he was fully man the offspring of a woman
He was fully God a Holy child (not because of Mary, but because He was conceived of the Holy Spirit
No sin nature, yet fully man so He could take on Himself the wrath of God for man’s sin
Rightful heir to the throne of David (forever as God)
A Correct Response to the Virgin Birth
Praise, Glory and Honor to God… (make sure your praise and glory is rightly directed)
Mary is a saint… in fact the scriptures state that all who have placed their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ are saints!
No question this woman was blessed… what a privileged!
She needed a savior too!
Look at her words…
Notice through the whole song of praise… GOD IS DOING THE WORK!
He had to, we were incapable of doing it.
We needed a savior and God was working
In a young virgin girl
In a town so small Luke has to describe where it is
With a step dad that was simply known as a carpenter
Nazareth, Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph, a baby?
Why work this way???
Why so humble as the Son of the Most High?
Creator?
King?
God?
One of the things I love about Mary’s song “The Magnificat” Magnify
A great deal of this song is quoted scripture from the old testament!
Amazing, when she wanted to magnify God for sending His Messiah, the only words that could remotely do it justice… were the words of God!
The Distinctive Work of the Virgin Birth
In Chapter one of Luke’s writing to Theophilus there are two births that we see… Both are amazing!
Both men, but One is distinct...
John is the Prophet of the Most High (vs 76)
Jesus is the Son of the Most High (vs 32)
John was conceived in Elizabeth’s old age (vs 24)
Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit with a virgin (vs 35)
John would give people knowledge of salvation (vs 77)
Jesus would bring salvation
In closing I want to end with the words the angel said to Mary in
A son in old age… A virgin birth… Working powerful ways in humble settings… Saving a sinner like you and me…
“who do you think could believe such a thing Well, here's hopin' to Heaven you do”
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