I Believe in the Virgin BirthJune 12, 2017 The Apostles' Creed
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I love summertime. Kids are out of school, people go on vacations, and the weather is nice. There are always exciting movies too. It never fails that each summer there are several superhero & sci-fi movies. Spiderman, Wonderwoman, The Mummy, and Aliens are just a few movies on the big screen this summer.
Our culture is obsessed with the supernatural. We are enamored with what could be.
The great news about the Bible is that it is filled with supernatural events that truly happened that we can tell people about. Unfortunately, many people equate some of these miracles as fables or made-up stories like the movies we see. One miracle of the Bible people often claim as a fairy tale legend is the virgin birth.
The Barna Group recently did a study that said 57% of Americans believe the Virgin Birth actually happened. In 1994, 78% of Americans believed this (U-Turn).
Many people compare the virgin birth to other pagan myths of history. Other people would say Mary wasn't a virgin. Then there are others who don't think the virgin birth is an essential doctrine of Christianity (see Kevin DeYoung's blog post: "Is the Virgin Birth Essential?").
At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves the question. Why does the virgin birth matter?
The virgin birth matters for several reasons...
1. The virgin birth is consistent with the entire life of Jesus, even to His death. Jesus was a miracle worker, He rose again from the dead, and ascended into Heaven (Luke 24; Philippiams 2:9-11; Acts 1:6-11). If God made a grand exit out of this world, don't you think He would make a grand entrance into the world?
2. The virgin birth proves Jesus is 100% God. If Jesus was born from two parents, it would be hard to see Him as truly God because he would have inherited a sinful nature. The angel Gabriel even tells Mary she is giving birth to a holy offspring, the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
3. The virgin birth proves Jesus is 100% man.
If Jesus had come to us any other way, it would be hard for us to see Him as truly human like us because He would not have experienced the birth like we experienced. The virgin birth confirms the Son of God truly assumed human flesh, making Jesus like one of us.
Hebrews 2:17-18 says, "For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted."
Jesus had to be human in order to die in the place of His people. We have a High Priest who sympathizes with all our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).
The virgin birth is foundational to our Christian faith. I believe in the virgin birth, and I hope you do too.