Larry King was once asked if could interview anyone, who would it be and his famous response was “Jesus” because, “I would like to ask him if he was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”
The Virgin birth is a simple and complex truth that has come under attack pretty much since its conception (pardon the pun). It’s interesting to study because many believe that it lacks much importance within history, Christianity or personal spiritual growth.
Through time and study, I have seen the importance and beauty of this simple yet complex theological truth of the Christ.
Here are 5 Reasons the Virgin Birth is beautiful for your life:
1) Because Jesus is fully God.
Mary being conceived by the Holy Spirit means that Jesus has God running through his blood lines. Think about this, Jesus being fully God means that since creation, he has been here to know all you have been through. He is victorious over sin and death. He is one with the father and knows all things. When you pray to him, you aren’t talking to someone with no control and no understanding. He has all knowledge and control.
When you go through pain and heart-ache and feel completely weak, you remember that Jesus is fully God. If you are following him, you’re following the creator of all things. The one who holds the universe completely together.
2) Because Jesus is fully man.
Jesus went from being the God of the universe in the heavens to being born in a dirty, poop-smelling manger. His bloodline contains murderers, adulterers, prostitutes, pimps, liars and lunatics. That is his lineage.
Just because you come from a sinful past doesn’t mean he can’t relate. Just because you had a rough family growing up doesn’t mean he can’t understand. Just because you come from a broken home, doesn’t mean you’re situation is impossible.
Knowing that he was fully man and conquered sin should encourage us to never give up in waging war with our sin.
3) Because Jesus’ birth fulfills prophecy.
Larry Bird once towards the end of a game told his defender exactly how he was going to score the game winning bucket, the defender thought he was just being cocky. Seconds later the defender was disappointed to see him make the shot that he explained to him he was going to make to win the game.
One of the many amazing ways God shows his control over all things is through prophecy. He tells us the way he is going to do things before he does them. In no way am I claiming Larry Bird to be divine though I am sure some people in Boston or Indiana would argue otherwise.
God told us how, when, where and to whom Jesus would be born. He lays out the fact in Isaiah 7:14 of a virgin birth:
“14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
His name would be called “Immanuel”, “God with us”. Reminds us of point 1 doesn’t it?
4) Because Jesus’ Family situation is … different… and that’s OK.
As a step-father, one of the most encouraging reminders about raising my step-children is that, Jesus was raised by a step-father. He ended up becoming a carpenter like his step-father Joseph which I imagine means he learned manhood from his father.
Many of us come from or are currently in homes that are a little different. Either being step-parents, step-children, single parents, orphans, children raised missing a parent, adopted parents, adopted children and/or many more.
It can be discouraging to know the family unit is somewhat broken, distorted and tainted by sin or just simply circumstances. But knowing that Jesus home life was different should encourage us to still make the most of our home life and not allow it to be an excuse to fall back on when things are bad. Jesus didn’t have a drop of Joseph’s blood in him and most likely, many of his friends and family knew it.
5) Because God’s been active in our salvation from the start.
The fact that God steps in like he does for us to have a redeemer reveals that his love for us is not a simple statement of emotion. It’s not like Brick on “Anchorman” who insist that he loves a lamp. His love is active. He has constantly been pursuing us as we pursue other gods and other fulfillments.
By supernaturally impregnating a virgin to give birth to the savior of all mankind, God is pretty much saying, “I love you more than you can imagine and you can’t stop my love.”
It should be an encouragement when we think of hurt and pain we have felt throughout the year, the creator of the universe is pursuing us and wants a relationship with us that we don’t deserve but that we desperately need.