Monday, April 10, 2017

Why The Virgin Birth Of Jesus Christ Matters!

  • Introduction:
          -Many of us are familiar with the biblical narrative of the immaculate conception of the Lord Jesus Christ in Mary's womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is clearly prophesied by (Isaiah 7:14) and attested to in Scripture (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:27-36). We also have knowledge of events that took place within that same time period such as the Angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary, the baby needing to be taken out of Israel due to King Herod wanting to exterminate Him, the visit from shepherds, and the gifts of the Magi (which were gold, frankincense, and myrrh). But the event of Jesus' conception is highly criticized by apostates such as atheists or by professing liberal Christians because the surrounding context of the occurrence appears to be miraculous in nature. Since supernatural events are beyond the mere scope of the scientific world, people are either unwilling to embrace or understand them. In other words, people object to these biblical events because they are unable to see them take place with their own eyes.
  • Two Things That People Need To Recognize:
          -A supreme deity can make anything happen.
          -The virgin birth is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion.
  • Four Reasons Why We As Christians Must Embrace The Virgin Birth:
          ^ The Heavenly Origin Of Jesus Christ-
             *Jesus has no parents. In other words, He is eternal (John 1:1-3). He has no beginning or end. He is the Son of God. If Joseph, Mary's husband, was Jesus Christ's biological father, then He could not possess any of these divine attributes, as the Scriptures clearly ascribe to Him.

          ^ The Sinless Nature Of The Lord Jesus Christ:
             * If Jesus had a biological father, then He would in reality be just like everybody else. He would not in any way be different than we are. In other words, He would have our same inherent sinful nature. He would be infected with original sin, just like we are. However, the Scriptures enforce the sinlessness of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). If Jesus was the Son of Joseph (or any other literal man), then His sinlessness would simply be folklore.

          ^ The Perfect Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ:
             *If Jesus Christ was not sinless, then it would have been impossible for Him to make the necessary atonement sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. Jesus needed to be sinless for our salvation because only a perfect sacrifice for sin will satisfy the wrath of God (Exodus 12:5; Hebrews 10). Atonement for sin requires a perfect substitute. If He was a sinner like everybody else, then He could never save anybody from their sins. The entire purpose of Jesus Christ coming down from heaven to earth was to save mankind from sin (Galatians 4:4-5). We need His sinlessness in order to be saved. Hence, the doctrine of the virgin birth is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity because it directly relates to the salvation of our souls.

          ^ The Uniqueness Of The Lord Jesus Christ:
             *Just as nobody is able to resurrect and depart from the world in the same manner as Jesus did, nobody other than Him can be born in the same manner, that is, without the need of sexual intercourse. He was conceived into Mary's body by the power of the Holy Ghost. The life of Jesus in itself is a miracle.
  • If The Virgin Birth Of Jesus Christ Is Of Any Importance, Then Why Did Only The Gospel Writers Matthew And Luke Bother To Record It?:
          -Skeptics have observed that only two of the four gospel writers have recorded the virgin birth of Jesus and have consequently developed totally speculative theories (which are far beyond the scope of this article) to downplay the truth of this essential doctrine.
           +Scripture is inerrant, for it was originally breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
           +The frequency of a recorded event or the size of consensus does not refute established claims, reduce validity, effect historicity, or even alter relevance.
           +If we are going to deny the overall reliability of the birth narratives as recorded in the Bible, then why should we trust the four gospels when they tell us that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead? When will the decline in trusting the written Word of God come to a final stopping point?