The Significance of the Virgin Birth

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the One who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”” (Matthew 1:18, 20-21 LSB)


If you were God how would you enter the world to make yourself known? Wouldn’t it be through some kind of powerful entrance that all the world would observe and of which it would be impossible to ignore? Not so the One True God. He came through the normal human process. Not that He was conceived by man, for no man can make God, He is and He was, and He always shall be. Yet He came in the normal human way, through the birth canal of a woman after being carried in a womb for nine months. What does this virgin birth tell us about God and about man? So much. First, it reveals the tremendous humility of our God. His coming this way demonstrates His great love, respect, and honor for that which He created, particularly that which He created in His image. This is why God detests the proud for He Himself is immensely humble. The All-powerful consistently appears weak, obscure, and unassuming yet He demands from us, waits to observe from us, praise, worship, and adoration for Who He is for He so deserves these things from us. Second, God’s entrance through a virgin reveals the significance of humanity. We were a part of His coming, we were a significant part of His entrance, we were integral to His appearing. God includes man in all He does and He does so little apart from the involvement of men. Today we question our identity, our value, our worth. We are filled with depression and despair. Suicide is at an all time high. Yet God continues to reveal to us, if we will have eyes to see, that we are loved, that we are wanted, that we are significant to Him and He wants us with Him forever. This is the story of the virgin birth. God loves us, God so identifies with us that He became like us so that He could live forever with us if we will but repent and turn from our sin and receive Him as our Lord and Savior, with the humility He Himself demonstrated when He came to us to live among us.

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