Isaiah 7:14; “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a Son, and she will call His name Immanuel”.
During the course of these Christmas devotions we have looked at many aspects of the importance of Christ’s incarnation. From the fulfilment of prophesies to the response and obedience of many characters we see in our nativity scenes. Today I would like to look at one of the most important parts of the Christmas narrative. The Virgin Birth. In Christianity there are certain things that are at the core of our faith, that must never be compromised. The Virgin Birth, Christ’s Death and Resurrection and the His Ascension are some of these essentials. They are what I call the 4 pillars of Christ life. We must able to defend and understand why these are factual truths. Unfortunately the doctrine of the virgin birth has been both twisted or outright denied by many.
The book of Romans speaks quite clearly of the sin nature that we are born into due to the sin of Adam. Every person that is born is born into this sin, whether this is palatable or not, that is the reality of all our beginnings. Since we are born into sin it means that it is impossible for any of us to be 100% sinless. The wrath of God would only be satisfied by a perfect, sinless offering. No man born from a man and a woman could perform such an act, due to their inherited original sin. No angel could be our substitutional sacrifice. And neither could God defy His words to Adam that ‘the day you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will die’ and simply create ‘another Adam’. There was ONLY ONE WAY. It had to be Jesus Himself coming to earth via supernatural means, thus avoiding the seed of original sin. If the Virgin Birth was not true, then ALL of Christianity crumbles. This is how important this event is. No one else has been born in such a way. Unfortunately, when you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church (490-493) it attributes the same avoidance of the inherited sin of Adam to the highly blessed Mary. This is called the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. To put anyone, even a women as great as Mary on the same level as or Lord is an erroneous. Neither is it correct to suggest that the ‘Perpetual Virginity’ of Mary is accurate either (499). The Gospel writer, Matthew quells this issue in Matthew 13:55.
This Christmas let us be in awe of the miraculous event that made our salvation possible.
No other person, no other way. Jesus Only.