Virgin birth of Jesus
Jesus, the eternal Son of God, became human. Without this happening, there can be no true Christianity. The apostle John put it this way: You should recognize the spirit of God by this: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ came into the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And that is the spirit of the Antichrist that you have heard is coming, and it is already in the world (1 John 4,2: 3).
The virgin birth of Jesus declares that the Son of God became fully human while he remained what he was - the eternal Son of God. The fact that the mother of Jesus, Mary, was a virgin, was a sign that she would not become pregnant through human initiative or participation. The salutary conception in the womb of Mary was through the working of the Holy Spirit, who united the human nature of Mary with the divine nature of the Son of God. The Son of God thereby took on all human existence: from birth to death, to the resurrection and ascension, and now lives forever in his glorified humanity.
There are people who make fun of the conviction that the birth of Jesus was a miracle of God. These skeptics denounce the biblical record and our belief in it. I find their objections quite paradoxical, for while they consider the virgin birth an absurd impossibility, they represent their own version of a virgin birth in the context of two basic claims:
1. They claim that the universe emerged out of nothing, out of nothing. I mean, we have the right to call that a miracle, even though it is said to have come about without purpose and meaning and purpose. As we delve deeper into their notions of nothing, it becomes clear that it is a pipe dream. Their nothing is redefined as something like quantum fluctuations in empty space, cosmic bubbles or an infinite accumulation of the multiverse. In other words, their use of the notion of nothing is misleading, as their nothingness is filled with something - the something out of which our Universe emerged!
2. They claim that life was created from the inanimate. For me, this claim is much more "far-fetched" than the belief that Jesus was born of a virgin. Despite the scientifically proven fact that life only comes from life, some succeed in believing that life originated in a lifeless primordial soup. Although scientists and mathematicians have pointed out the impossibility of such an event, some find it easier to believe in a meaningless miracle than in the true miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus.
Although skeptics advocate their own models of virgin birth, they consider it a fair play to mock Christians because they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, which requires a miracle of a personal God permeating all of creation. Does one not have to assume that those who regard the incarnation as impossible or unlikely apply two different standards?
Scripture teaches that the virgin birth was a miracle sign from God (Isa. 7,14), which was designed to fulfill his intentions. The repeated use of the title "Son of God" confirms that Christ is from a woman (and without a man's participation) was conceived and born by the power of God. The apostle Peter confirms that this really happened: for we did not follow elaborate fables when we made known to you the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we have seen its glory for ourselves (2. Petr. 1,16).
The testimony of the Apostle Peter provides a clear, conclusive refutation of all claims that the account of the incarnation, including the virgin birth of Jesus, is a myth or a legend. The fact of the virgin birth testifies to the miracle of a supernatural conception through God's own divine, personal act of creation. The birth of Christ was natural and normal in every respect, including the entire period of human pregnancy in the womb of Mary. In order for Jesus to redeem every aspect of human existence, he had to take on everything, overcome all weaknesses, and regenerate our humanity from start to finish. In order for God to heal the fault that evil had brought between him and the people, God had to undo in himself what humanity had done.
For God to reconcile with us, he had to come himself, reveal himself, accept ours, and then bring us to himself, starting from the true root of human existence. And that is exactly what God has done in the person of the eternal Son of God. While he remained fully God, he became perfectly one of us, so that in and through him we can have a relationship and communion with the Father, in the Son, through the Holy Spirit. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews points to this amazing truth in the following words:
Because the children are now flesh and blood, he also accepted it equally, so that by his death he would take the power out of those who had control over death, namely the devil, and would redeem him through fear of death throughout his life Had to be servants. Because he does not take care of the angel, but he takes care of the children of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers in everything so that he would become merciful and a faithful high priest before God to atone for the sins of the people (Heb. 2,14-17).
When he first came, the Son of God literally became Immanuel in the person of Jesus of Nazareth (God with us, Matthew 1,23). The virgin birth of Jesus was God's announcement that he would fix everything in human life from start to finish. On his second coming, which is yet to come, Jesus will overcome and defeat all evil by putting an end to all pain and death. The apostle John put it this way: And he who sat on the throne said: Behold, I am doing everything anew (Rev. 21,5).
I saw adult men crying and witnessing their baby's birth. Sometimes we rightly speak of "the miracle of birth". I hope you see the birth of Jesus as the miracle of the birth of the One who really "makes everything new".
Let us celebrate together the miracle of the birth of Jesus.
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