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Summary: The focus of the miracle of the Virgin Birth is not on Jesus’ birth but on Jesus being conceived without the male counterpart.

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The Miracle of the Virgin Birth Declares Jesus Christ’s Uniqueness and the Sureness of our Salvation

Luke 1:26-35

(Christmas Series)

Luke 1.26-35 reads as follows: (RSV) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" 35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

A. The focus of the miracle of the Virgin Birth is on Jesus’ conception on the womb of Mary not as a result of sexual relations but of the miracle of the Holy Spirit.

1. The focus of the miracle of the Virgin Birth is not on Jesus’ birth but on Jesus being conceived without the male counterpart. This means that Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary was not the result of sexual relationship, though the birth is normal just like ours. 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" Cf. Matthew 1.25.

2. The Holy Spirit has done this miracle. 35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you”.

What does this mean?

a. This does not mean that Jesus was the result of copulation between God and Mary.

b. This means that God supplied, by special creation, both the human component ordinarily contributed by the male with the female component contributed by Mary, and, in addition, a divine factor – the Son of God who exists from eternity to eternity.

(1) If God only supplied the male component to the female component contributed by Mary – then, we only have a miracle of the virgin birth of a human being.

(2) However, what happened in our passage is that God sent His Son through the miracle of the Virgin Birth. This means that the person of the eternal Son of God is united in the human nature created through the male component supplied by God and the female component contributed by Mary. “Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” Hence, we have the doctrine of the Incarnation – God in the flesh (John 1:14)!

B. The belief in the miracle of the Virgin Birth is important for correct theology and sure salvation.

1. The belief in the miracle of the Virgin Birth is important for correct theology.


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