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Vol.  10  No. 3 March 2008  Page 3
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Rodney Nulph


The Significance of the Virgin Birth

By Rodney Nulph

    December 25th marks a man-made holiday where many in the religious world celebrate the day on which they believe that Jesus was born. However, there is no biblical evidence for such a religious celebration on that certain day. Christians understand that if were not for the virgin birth of Jesus, we all would be lost in sin. Sometimes, in attempting to flee the false notion that Jesus was born on December 25th, many go so far to the other side of the spectrum as to not even mention the birth of the Savior, for fear we may be like those in the denominational world. Although it is true that we must be concerned with maintaining our identity as Bible believing individuals, we must not go so far to the other side that we fail to be thankful and rejoice in the awesome birth of the one who takes away the sins of the world (Matthew 1:21). The virgin birth of Jesus teaches us many things.

    In the first place, the virgin birth teaches us the promise of God. God promised to send forth His Son born of a woman that had never known a man in a sexual way. Isaiah, guided by God’s Holy Spirit, affirmed, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). This promise was given seven centuries before its fulfillment took place. When God makes a promise, time does not affect that promise. When human beings make a promise, time often causes us to forget that promise or get the idea that we do not have to uphold our promise after many years pass. However, neither time nor a lack of loyalty affects God’s promises! God is faithful and sure in keeping His promises. The Hebrews writer said, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18). Although this was said under a different context, the application is still the same; God CANNOT lie! Moses affirmed, “God is not a man, that he should lie…” (Numbers 23:19b). Friends, when God promises something, we can count on it! Therefore, the virgin birth of the Messiah teaches us about the promise of God. He promised the virgin birth, and it happened!

    In the second place, the virgin birth teaches us the power of God. Any mature human being understands that a man and woman must in some way be joined together in a sexual manner for a fetus to be formed. That is the law of nature set forth by God Himself. Moses affirmed, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:27-28).

    The command was given to man and woman to come together and replenish the earth. Notice what was said of the first couple in Genesis 4:1, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.” However, this was not the case with our Lord’s birth. After an angel appeared unto Mary and told her she would bear a Son named Jesus, Mary asked how this could be when she had not known a man (See Luke 1:30-34). Luke records for us the answer as to how this virgin could give birth, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The Savior’s birth was like no other that had ever, or will ever occur. Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb by the power of God and was brought forth by a woman that had never had sexual relations with a man. That is explained only by the power of Almighty God. The angel later said in this same context, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). The virgin birth, without a doubt, teaches us the power of God.

    In the third place, the virgin birth teaches us the patience of God. Sin had entered into the world, and man was separated from God by sin. Isaiah affirmed, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). The sins that separate man from God cost a great price. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a). Man was in deep trouble and could not redeem himself. We were on the road to eternal separation from God with no hope of redemption. Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit, stated, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God had patience with sinful man. God sent the best gift anyone could give while man was not worthy of such an awesome sacrifice (Romans 5:8-10). God exemplified His love and patience for mankind in sending Jesus, born of a virgin to save man from sin. Christ’s purpose for coming to earth was to save His people from their sins. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). While God could have destroyed mankind in his sin, God extended forgiveness through His Son to anyone who will obey. The virgin birth teaches us the patience of God!

    The virgin birth of the Lord teaches us the promise of God and the reliability of that promise. The virgin birth of Jesus teaches us the power of the God we serve. The virgin birth also teaches us of the wonderful patience of God in giving man a way to be redeemed. Have you learned the lessons taught to us from the miraculous birth of the Savior? Are you willing to humbly submit to Him according to the plan that He gave? One day the patience of God will be no more. Peter declared, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is waiting for you to follow His will and obey Him today. Learn the significance of the virgin birth and obey God before it is too late!

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