Confession of a Virgin
Can you imagine the look on Joseph’s face? You know, when Mary confessed; “I’m…ummm…well…pregnant.” I mean the look must have been priceless – especially as she began to explain the events that led up to the pregnancy. This was, after all, his bride to be…and now she is with Child. Not just any child…the Christ Child.
This subject has been one of much controversy over the centuries…was she really a virgin? How could this be? It must be metaphoric. I mean…a virgin…pregnant…impossible…right?
The virgin birth is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith; spoken prophetically by Isaiah; “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Is. 7:14)
One time, around Christmas, I was ministering on…well…Christmas. As I was waxing eloquent (mostly just talking) about the birth of our Saviour, I referenced the Virgin Birth. I remember it so clearly, as I made the reference, one student blatantly rolled their eyes. It was as if she was saying; come on…you gotta be kidding right…you don’t actually believe that…it’s impossible. I went on to explain the relevance and necessity of the Virgin Birth.
I believe that without the Virgin Birth…yes, literally speaking…Jesus would be an insufficient sacrifice for our sins. The seed of man could not produce the salvation of man…all men are born into sin (Rom. 3:23)…simply meaning, sinful men reproduce sinful men. Mary’s womb…her pure, untouched womb…simply became an incubator for the Infinite One. The seed of Salvation was sown by the Spirit. Read Luke’s account here.
As we are in full swing of the Christmas season, let us remember the truths that are foundational to our faith. Jesus came to seek and save what was lost. His entry into the world was through the womb of a virgin. It’s not difficult to understand when you stop and ponder…after all God is God…nothing is impossible for Him…nothing. Let me leave you with this quote from Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor of National Community Church; “To the Infinite all finites are equal! There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible.”
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God bless and Merry Christmas!