Everyone must understand this about Jesus Christ: He did not get His start in Bethlehem. Jesus is not the Son of God because He was born of a virgin; He was born of a virgin because He is the Son of God.
The Absolute Necessity of the Virgin Birth
The world mocks the virgin birth, viewing it as a primitive, medieval superstition. The devil hates it because it teaches both the humanity and the deity of his nemesis, the Lord Jesus Christ. Many so-called Christians, due to ignorance, doubt it or think it’s incidental. But it’s fundamental.
You have no hope of salvation apart from the virgin birth. If you remove the virgin birth of Jesus, you destroy the foundation of Christianity. It collapses like a house of cards.
Your salvation depends on the virgin birth.
Angels proclaimed to the shepherds Jesus’ coming as God in the flesh: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Mankind desperately needs a Savior. The Bible clearly teaches “All have sinned,” (Romans 3:23) and “The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die” (Ezekiel 18:20). We’re in trouble. We must die. Or someone must die in our place.
For since by man [the first Adam] came death, by man [the second Adam, Jesus Christ] came also the resurrection from the dead. For as in [the first] Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
Jesus came, born of a virgin, to undo what the first Adam did. God’s answer was a perfect man, both truly human and fully sinless. Only He, by dying for our sins on the cross, could undo what the first Adam did.
All the “Adams” in creation would not do for the blood atonement for sin. None of us can qualify. We know we’re sinners by birth, choice, practice, and nature.
If Jesus had been born like we are, a son of Adam—a sinner—He couldn’t have been innocent, so he couldn’t be anyone’s substitute: not mine, not yours, no one’s. The only sin He could die for would be His own. Jesus had to be a sinless or His sacrifice would never do.
Because His Father is truly God and His mother truly human, Jesus is God in human flesh, the only begotten Son of God, the only one qualified to atone for sin.
Without the virgin birth, you have no hope of Heaven.
Without the virgin birth, Jesus would be a son of Adam.
Born of a virgin, He was therefore the Son of God—sinless.
Because He was sinless, He could die a substitutionary death to atone for sin.
He atoned for our sin that we might be born again and go to Heaven.
He became the Son of man that we might become the sons and the daughters of God.
The Sacred Mystery of the Virgin Birth
“Great is the mystery of godliness” (1 Timothy 3:16). Some say, “A virgin birth is a biological impossibility.” If you reject Mary’s becoming pregnant by divine intervention, listen to the Archangel Gabriel—who should know: Is there anything too hard for God? “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
The virgin birth doesn’t depend on our understanding to be true. Vance Havner said, “I don’t understand electricity, but I’m not going to sit around in the dark until I do.” Lots of things we don’t understand, but we still experience them.
God isn’t bound by the very laws He Himself created in the universe He Himself made. He’s Lord of that universe. God can do anything He pleases—He is God.
If you believe in creation, if you can get past Genesis 1:1, you’re home free concerning miracles. You can’t explain it any more than you can explain God. When you can explain God, get back to me.
Apart from the virgin birth, we have no hope of salvation. No wonder the angel said, “Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10).
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