Summary: Can a person be a Christian and not believe in Christ’s virgin birth? How important is this doctrine to the rest of our belief system as Christians? Answers these questions and more by utilizing this Christmas message.
TRUTHS ABOUT THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST
I want to talk with you tonight on the subject:
Truths About the Virgin Birth of Christ.
Why is it important for us to talk about Christ’s Virgin Birth?
The Virgin Birth is what I call a DOMINO DOCTRINE.
Have you guys every played dominos?
You know, you stand up the dominos and set them into come kind of configuration and then you tip the first one and watch all the others fall down.
Well, the doctrine of the Virgin Birth is what I call a DOMINO DOCTRINE.
In other words, if it remains standing it will keep the other doctrines from falling.
But if the Virgin Birth falls, on it’s way down it will inevitably hit the one that’s next in line and cause it to fall, and then that one will fall and hit the one behind it and so one down the line until finally all the doctrines fall to the ground.
Turn with me to Matthew 1:18-25.
As we read Matthew 1:18 we see is Matthew giving us a timetable.
Matthew says in verse 18:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph…the word after is a word indicating time.
Jesus’ birth was after Mary and Joseph were already engaged.
And then he says:
“before they came together…”
That is before Mary and Joseph had time to consummate their marriage.
“…she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.”
Time is a very important aspect to this verse.
Matthew says, “After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph…”
The whole story would be disrupted if instead of after Matthew said, before.
And when he says:
“Before they came together…” that’s important because the virgin birth would be very suspect if Jesus is born after they had came together.
So the timing here is very important.
In fact the Apostle Paul says this in Galatians 4:4:
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Paul says that when the time was right, God sent Jesus to earth.
Wait a minute, what do you mean He sent Him, I thought Jesus wasn’t born yet.
What we learn is that there was a time when Jesus was not inside of Mary’s belly.
There was a moment in time when God the Father sent Jesus and Jesus broke through into human history just like football players break through a paper banner as they run onto the football field before a game.
Just as each there a different time zones, God exists in a different time zone.
But when Jesus was conceived in Mary’s belly, Jesus entered a new time zone. He went from living on an eternal time zone to an earthly time zone.
You see, when you and I were conceived in our mother’s womb, that is, when your father’s sperm merged with your mother’s egg, that precise moment was the beginning of your personal existence.
Prior to that moment, you did not exist outside of the mind of God.
You’ve heard the saying, “Before you were born you were a gleam in your daddy’s eye.”
Well, before you were conceived you were a thought in the mind of God.
Why? Because you and I are not eternal.
But you say, “Wait a minute. I thought that all who come to Christ are given eternal life. Aren’t I going to live forever?”
The answer is yes. If you have trusted Christ then you will live forever.
But the fact that you will live forever does not mean that you have always lived.
To be eternal means that you are not limited by time, that you had no beginning and that you will have no ending.
There was a time when you as a person did not exist.
If you could get into a time machine and travel back in time to the day you were conceived in your mother’s womb…you would find that before your mother’s egg and your daddy’s sperm merged, you did not exist.
But this is not the case with Jesus.
There has never been a time when Jesus did not exist.
Jesus existed before His birth in Bethlehem.
Jesus Existed Before He Entered The Womb.
Listen to John 1:1-3:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without him nothing was made that was made.”
Jesus is the word, the exact expression of God.
And Jesus, the Word, was not only present at the time of creation, He was God Himself.