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As I was studying about the birth of Jesus, I was asking the Lord, “What should I minister on for a Christmas message.” All that I received from the Lord was to minister on the “birth of Jesus.” I told Him, “Yes, I know that, but what point should I bring out in that message.” All that I got was to minister on the Birth of Jesus.

     I. I thought I should start with a verse that told of Jesus coming, thousands of years before His birth.

              A. In (GEN 3:15) we have the earliest prophecy of Jesus coming. It says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

                        1. What this V is saying is that there is one coming that is from the seed of woman and He will crush Satan's head.

                                  a. Even in this V we can also see a hint that Jesus was going to be born from a virgin.

                                  b. The statement that Jesus would come from a “seed of woman” is a very unusual statement for the Jews.

                                           i. The Jews always referred to someone as the son of the father. (Genealogy)

                                           ii. Even the importance of a person, went back to who their father was.

                        2. When it referred to Jesus as the “seed of woman” it was saying that He was not going to have a father, at least not an earthly one.

              B. Let's turn over to the NT to the book of Matthew 1:18–2:15

                        1. Did you know that the name Jesus stems from the Hebrew wordyeh-ho-shoo'-ah” which meansJehovah is salvation.”

              C. Lets go over to Luke's account of the birth of Jesus to get a fuller picture of what took place.

                        1. LUKE 1:26–56

                                  a. Just a note on (V 26) Gabriel. He is an archangel; the angel God used to send messages of great importance to man; sent to Daniel, to Zacharias, and to Mary. His name meanswarrior of Godorman of God.”

                        2. Continue the story LUKE 2:1–40

                        3. The Gospels of Mark and John don't record anything about the birth of Jesus.

                                  a. But JOHN does record something of importance. JOHN 1:1–3, 14

                                  b. This V shows us the Deity of Jesus. ...

     II. Right now I want to look at the importance of Jesus virgin birth.

              A. We already mentioned that in (GEN 3:15) that Jesus was going to be born from the seed of woman, which points to the virgin birth.

                        1. MATT also said it. In (Matthew 1:23) He wrote “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son.”

                        2. Luke also records it in (LUKE 1:34–35)

                        3. In the book of (ISA 7:14) we have a prophecy that the Messiah would be born from a virgin.

              B. Why is it so important that Jesus was born from a virgin?

                        1. 1st it was to fulfill prophecy.

                        2. 2nd to let everyone know that Jesus could not have an earthly father.

                        3. The most important thing that we need to get out of this is that Jesus did have a Father and that was God.

                                  a. John said that Jesus was the only begotten of the Father.

                                  b. Paul wrote in (GAL 4:4) “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman.”

              C. Why is it so important that God is Jesus' Father?

                        1. Let me answer it this way.

                        2. What if God was not Jesus father & Jesus had an earthly father?

                                  a. 1st of all the sin nature is passed on from the natural father. We also call that the Adamic nature.

                                           i. If Jesus had a sin nature he would have sinned. If He sinned He could not die for our sin, that means there could be no salvation for us.

                                  b. 2nd the Bible would be unreliable.

                                           i. The Bible declares that Jesus was born from a virgin and born from the Father, so the Bible would be in error.

                                  c. 3rd the Bible calls Jesus the Son of God over 40 times. Again we would have many errors.

                                  d. 4th if Jesus isn't the Son of God, how can we have faith that Jesus went away to prepare a place for us & that He is coming again for us.

                                  e. #5 if the Bible is in error so many times how do we know what to believe?

                        3. But Jesus was born of a virgin & His Father is God.

                                  a. Therefore He does not have a sin nature, He has never sinned. Jesus has a divine nature, a heavenly nature.

                                  b. He is the Son of God & He is coming again. And the Bible is without error.

     III. About 1993 years ago a virgin named Mary gave birth to a little child who was born in a manger, & they named Him Jesus in obedience with the message that God sent through the angel Gabriel.

              A. God sent Jesus into this world to be our Lord, our Savior, to be the Messiah, the redeemer, to save us from Hell & from our sins.

                        1. Look with me to JOHN 3:16–17

                        2. Jesus is the reason for the season, not gifts or presents, but Jesus. In this Christmas season don't lose sight of Jesus. Keep your attention & focus on Him. And have a very Merry Christmas.

WOLCC 12/20/92 SUN AM Taken mostly from “Foundations of Pentecostal Theology.” Pg. 91–93

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