Post Advent 4: The Virgin Birth

Read Luke 1:26-38

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

“Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”

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Why a virgin? Why did God choose to bring His Son into the world through a young and innocent maiden? Many people have tried to explain the birth of Jesus without acknowledging the virginity of Mary. They try to say that Jesus could have still been God if he came from the union of Joseph and Mary. After all, a virgin pregnancy and birth cannot happen, can it?

But Isaiah 7:14 prophesied that a virgin — which could also be translated “an innocent young maiden” — would be with child and that child would be “God with us,” which is “Immanuel.” A virgin would become pregnant. Even Mary knew how miraculous and unconventional this was. It was one of many miracles God worked in the earthly life of Jesus.

There could be many reasons given for the necessity of the virgin birth but any and all would only distract us from the miracle itself. Joseph’s part in this tale was not to be as biological father. Mary alone was to give flesh to the Son of God. There must be no confusion about it.

The virgin birth was an act of God that no man could claim. It is truly another marvelous mystery we celebrate each Christmas.

Be God’s.

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