Dec 15, 2019
Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25
One of the wonderful doctrines of the Christian faith is the truth that Jesus was born to a virgin … that He did not come into existence as a human being in the same manner as all other people. And at the Christmas season, we sing about this virgin birth.
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright;
‘Round yon virgin mother and child . . .
Christ by highest heaven adored,
Christ the Everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb . . .
There’s a tumult of joy o’re the wonderful birth,
For the Virgin’s sweet boy is the Lord of the earth . . .
Why is the doctrine of the virgin birth of Christ important? What is at stake in discarding it, as some do?
First, the reliability of the Bible is at stake. Matthew 1:18 clearly states, “. . . before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.”
Second, the nature of Christ is at stake. Luke 1:35 says, “. . . for that reason [a birth without a human father] the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.” The virgin birth gives evidence to the deity of Jesus.
Third, there are some personal implications of the virgin birth. In considering that the virgin birth reminds us that Jesus is God in flesh, we respond in humility and reverence and heartfelt worship as we sing the carols and think about the wonder of a God-man.