27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (Luke 1:26-38)
The virgin birth of Jesus is so incomprehensible that it has always been one of Christianity’s main targets of criticism. Skeptics cite the impossibility of such a thing as proof that the Bible can’t be true. Nevertheless, the virgin birth of our Lord is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith.
Mankind produces offspring in their own likeness and image (Gen. 5:3). Therefore, if Jesus had been the natural product of a man and woman, He would have had a sinful nature (Rom. 5:12). He would not have qualified to take our sin upon Himself on the Cross because He would have had to be the debt of His own sin. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be born of a virgin (Is. 7:14), which denotes that God would be His Father. This had to happen to give Him sinless blood.
The Messiah also had to be born without sin for God to legally raise Him from the dead. Our faith rests on the resurrection (Rom. 10:9) because the only legal way God could raise Him from the dead was if He Himself was without sin. Once He died for our sins, God was legally bound to resurrect Jesus (Rom. 1:4) because He was sinless. There is no room for compromise on this issue! If Jesus was not born of a virgin and the sinless sacrifice for our sins, we are all lost and going to hell.
Even true believers try to find natural explanations to the miracles of the Bible to make it more palatable to unbelievers. They try to reconcile the Genesis account of creation with evolution and have the children of Israel crossing the “Reed” Sea instead of the “Red” Sea. However, there is simply no way to explain away the supernatural fact of the virgin birth. Without it, there is no Christian faith.
Aren’t you glad that the Bible is true, and you don’t have to make any apologies for it? Your new life in Christ is proof that your sins were paid in full by the spotless Lamb of God, who is your Lord and Savior today.