Friday, December 20, 2013

Why the Virgin Birth?

There is much more to the Christmas story than a baby laying in a manger. Who was this baby? Why did He come to earth? Why was it necessary for Jesus to be born of a virgin? A supernatural person required a supernatural birth. Here are reasons for the supernatural conception.

Reason #1: To prepare a body so He could be sacrificed for the sins of the world.
When Jesus left heaven to come to earth, God the Father prepared a body for Him in the womb of Mary. Heb. 10:5 says, “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me.” This is a conversation between the Word (Jesus) and God (the Father) as He is coming into the world. He says that the Old Testament animal sacrifices were not sufficient, so God prepared a body for Jesus to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world. This body was carried inside the womb of the virgin Mary when she was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:30-35, Matt. 1:20-25).

Reason #2: To have pure blood to cleanse people from their sins.
The blood that flows in an unborn babies arteries and veins is not derived from the mother but is produced through the male sperm. The mother contributes no blood at all. It is only after the male element has entered the ovum that blood can develop. Since Jesus had no human father, God created the pure blood in His veins with the ability to cleanse us from all sin.

Hebrews 9:22 says, “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  God made from one blood all the nations of the earth (Acts 17:26 NKJV). Because sinful humanity has a poisoned bloodstream, the virgin birth was necessary to provide Him with pure blood. When Jesus died on the cross, He entered the holy place in Heaven with His own blood to obtain eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12). It is only through His blood that we are cleansed of all sin (1 John 1:9).

Reason #3: To produce the Second Adam.
The New Testament refers to Jesus as the second Adam in Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Cor. 15:22, 45-47. The first Adam came from earth. The last Adam came from heaven (1 Cor. 15:47). The first Adam brought sin into the world. The second Adam, Jesus, brought righteousness into the world (Rom. 5:18-19). The sin nature is passed down from generation to generation, but through the virgin birth, the sin nature was circumvented and allowed the Son of God to be born in the same innocence that Adam was created.

Did you know that Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin birth had a double fulfillment? Did you know there is a controversy over the Hebrew word for virgin? To read an explanation on these points, click on MORE ABOUT THE VIRGIN BIRTH.
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