The Virgin Birth

Posted: December 8, 2015 in Basic Training

Mary with baby

The more one reads the Bible the more one sees the hand of God present in the smallest of details. God dots every “i” and crosses every “t”. The fact that Jesus was born of a virgin is one of those details which cause us to appreciate God’s ability to bring to fruition His perfect plan in the perfect way.

  • Matthew 1:18-25 – The Bible records that Jesus was born of a virgin by the name of Mary who was betrothed to, but not yet married to, a carpenter named Joseph. The Old Testament not only predicts that this would happen hundreds of years before the actual event, but also names the town in which Jesus would be born. (Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2)


Why is it important that Jesus was born of a virgin?

The virgin birth was necessary so that Jesus would not be born with “original sin”. It is through Adam that every person is born with a sinful nature. This means we are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because we are born sinners. Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, and is passed down from father to father from generation to generation. This is what “original sin” means, a sinful nature that originated with Adam and is passed down to each successive generation. In God’s incredible wisdom He bypassed Adam. This is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin. God was Jesus’ Father. If Joseph had been Jesus’ father Jesus would have been born with a sinful nature. (Romans 5:12-19)

“The Virgin Birth circumvented the transmission of the sin nature and allowed the eternal God to become a perfect man.”

S. Michael Houdmann

It was Jesus’ sinless life as a man that uniquely qualified Him to be our substitute on the cross. God knew that Jesus must be born of a virgin so that 33 years later He would be able to pay the price for our sins. God left no detail out in providing for our salvation. This is why every day, and especially at Christmas time, we can join the song of the angels who sang “Glory to God in the highest!” (Luke 2:8-14)

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. What does the Old Testament predict about Jesus’ birth?
  1. What is original sin and how does it work?
  1. What is the connection between original sin and the significance of the virgin birth?
  2. What is the connection between the virgin birth and Jesus’ ability to die for our sins on the cross?

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