Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-38
Larry King, the CNN talk show host, was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose anyone from all of history. His response was: “Jesus Christ. I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”
Many people ask questions such as: How can Jesus, a human being be God? Wasn’t He born a human being to a young woman called Mary? How can Christians claim that Jesus Christ is God and yet claim that there is only One God? And how can a virgin give birth to a child?
Of course, true believers and followers of Jesus Christ know that no human being can ever become a god, even though Mormons and other religions teach that it is possible. The Bible is very clear that there is only one God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
In Deuteronomy 6:4 we read: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” If there is only one God, why do Christian believers say that Jesus Christ is God, even though He was born of a woman?
Yes, Jesus was born of a woman, but He was not born of human sperm. Jesus was not just another human being who became God, but rather He is God born in human form.
The birth of Christ is the essential and central subject of the Bible. The Old Testament prophesied it and the New Testament proclaims it!
How can the virgin birth of Christ be true? Must we accept it, if we call ourselves Christians?
The virgin birth of Christ is a must if you believe and accept the Bible as being the Word of God.
The Old Testament tells us of the virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
The promised one was to be the light of the world. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
And look at Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The New Testament proclaims the divine birth of Jesus. The angel of God went to Mary and said: “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)
And the angel continued: “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus” (vss. 30-31) and, “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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.” (vs. 35)
Another account is found in Matthew 1:22-25: “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.’ When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commended him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
Matthew assured us that Jesus was born of a virgin. And John declared that He is the only begotten Son: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. …Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16, 18)
The virgin birth is a miracle you accept by faith.
When Mary heard the angel say, “For nothing is impossible with God,” she responded: “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:37-38) Mary had to accept this miracle by faith, even though she had difficulty understanding it.
The Bible is very clear about God’s ability:
Genesis 18:14: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Mark 10:27: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'”
Luke 18:27: “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.'”
God formed the first man from the dust of the ground. Why then should the virgin birth of Jesus be so hard to accept? The miracle of the virgin birth is within God’s power! Even the Qur-An describes the virgin birth of Jesus.
The virgin birth is an unacceptable mystery until you accept Christ as your saviour.
The Bible says: “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
If you cannot accept the virgin birth, then you will not be able to accept the miracles of creation, of Christ walking on the Sea of Galilee, of Christ feeding five thousand with few loaves of bread and few fish, of Christ raising the dead and of Christ rising from the dead. The miracles of Christ are unacceptable until you accept Him. It is impossible to understand things of the Spirit until you have the Holy Spirit.
When you receive Christ as Saviour by faith, the miracle of new birth will take place in you and you will be a new person. And then the virgin birth will not be hard at all to accept.
To the unbeliever, the virgin birth is illogical and impossible to believe. But to the God of miracles, nothing is impossible. The miracle of the virgin birth and the miracle of the new birth may be hard to understand, but they are both true.
Pastor Joseph Hovsepian