Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It Matters - Virgin Birth

18 "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 

 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 18 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,a because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:18-20)

As our gospel of Jesus Christ comes under more and more attack these days, it is becoming critical that we have a deep understand about what we believe and why. It matters. One of the doctrines that gets talked about this time of year is the virgin birth. In two words, IT MATTERS. Jesus being born of a virgin is critical to who he is. And who is He?  He is fully God, and fully man. Take away the virgin birth, and He's fully man but not God. Take Mary out of the picture, and He's fully God, but not fully man.

And yet Jesus embodies both...He is both. During His time on earth He identified Himself as both. "...before Abraham was, 'I Am' " was a clear and absolute statement that He saw Himself as fully God. And yet one of his titles is the 2nd Adam; another is the Son of Man. If Jesus weren't fully man, He wouldn't be qualified to take our punishment on Himself and endure the cross.

Put simply, the virgin birth means that Jesus' Father is God, and His mother is Mary...fully God, born of the Holy Spirit, and fully man. It matters because this is Jesus' entry into our world. It matters because through this birth, God becomes man.

"So what?" you ask?

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." (A.W. Tozer).

I might paraphrase him and say this;

"What we believe about Jesus Christ is the most important thing about us."

It matters.

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