The Virgin Birth is an integral part of Christmas. Jesus left heaven to come to earth as a human baby. It’s important!
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35
There are two things we need to know about the birth of Jesus:
- He was God in the flesh. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [God with us]” (Isaiah 7:14). His divinity is what gave Him His connection with the Father through the Spirit.
- He was fully human. Even though God is His Father, He had 23 pairs of chromosomes, a fully functioning body, feelings, aches and pains, fatigue, etc. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
David Young said, “The only Jesus worth knowing is the Son of God who lived a perfect life, died an atoning death, was raised as Lord over creation, offers to save those who trust Him, and will return with a new creation in final judgment. This is the Jesus of orthodox, biblical, and historic Christianity.” (From “A Grand Illusion” page 75).
Jesus was not a man who achieved godhood, nor was He a Spirit Being who inhabited a human form. He was integrally woven into humanity for our sake. Because He is human, He became the substitutionary sacrifice for the penalty of sin, which was death. Because He is God, He was able to rise from the dead, therefore beating death, and invites everyone to join Him in His victory.
David Young continues, “Jesus is God incarnate, that He died on the cross to atone us of our sins, that He was literally raised from the dead as King of kings, and that He is going to return to judge humanity and establish a new creation.” Ibid pg. 76). On the truth of this statement we can stake our eternity.
Abba, so much went into Your coming to earth as Jesus that there is no way we can contain it all. In fact, we will never know the whole story until we stand on the other side of the tapestry of life. May we continually stand in awe of Your mighty works, Your amazing love, and Your never-ending pursuit of us sinners. Amen.
His Coming is why we say,