Wednesday, December 4
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
The virgin birth is a foundational truth of our faith – God with us, truly man and truly God.
God gave us this prophecy in Isaiah that was fulfilled in Jesus, as recorded in the gospels. This from Matthew 1:22-23: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ which means ‘God with us.’”
There had to be a virgin birth. If Jesus was born in the ordinary, regular way of having a baby, then he would have been infused with the same innate tendency to sin as the rest of us. This is our legacy from Adam, and from him we have become a race of people who cannot refrain from doing wrong. Jesus was truly human in being born a baby. He was born without sin so that he could take upon himself all our wrongs through the cross.
Through him we see God’s perfect justice and God’s perfect love. God’s justice means that there needs to be a consequence for wrongdoing. That was accomplished in the cross. God’s love means that God provided all that was needed for our forgiveness. As we believe in Jesus Christ, calling him savior, and trust in him to be considered blameless before God, so everything has been done on our behalf.
Jesus was born, fully God and fully human. If Joseph was his biological father, how could Jesus be anything but human? How could he be God’s Word as written in the prologue to John’s gospel, eternally present with the Father?
The virgin birth has to be at the center of all God’s plan for humanity. How could Jesus save us if he needed saving himself from the scourge of sin? If the virgin birth did not happen, what was prophesied in Isaiah did not happen, or Bible prophecy cannot be trusted.
God our Father, we make mistakes, for we are human, infused with the same predisposition for doing wrong like every other person before us. Maybe we don’t mean to hurt others, but it happens. We get angry and say or do things we regret later. We’re sorry for wrongs we have done. We need your forgiveness. Thank you that Jesus Christ has taken our wrongs upon himself, cleansing us through the shedding of his blood. Make us new through your Holy Spirit living in us by faith in Christ. Amen.