Monday, December 7, 2009

The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Part 3 of The Real Jesus

Jesus was conceived in the womb of His mother Mary by a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit and without a human father.

"The virgin birth is posted on guard at the door of the mystery of Christmas; and none of us must think of hurrying past it. It stands on the threshold of the New Testament, blatantly supernatural, defying our rationalism, informing us that all that follows belongs to the same order as itself and that if we find it offensive there is no point in proceeding further." (Donald MacLeod, The Person of Christ, p. 37)

Why is the virgin birth important?
  1. It made possible the uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person.
  2. It made possible Christ's true humanity without inherited sin.
  3. It showed that salvation must come from God.

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