Saturday, December 23, 2006

The World has nothing for me...

It's true...
I am not denying it...
Why should I listen?
Why can't I decide?

The Virgin Birth

Behold, a virgin shall be with child...and they shall call his name Emmanuel...
Matthew 1:23

The first group ever to question the virgin birth of Jesus was religious leaders. How interesting! The Pharisees said," We were not born of fornication" (John 8:41). That was meant to be cruel. After all, He couldn't point to Joseph and say "He's my father," for His father filled the universe. Jesus had to be God in order to save us, and He had to be man in order to die for us!

You were the child of an earthly father, hence you have your father's DNA - you were born in sin. But not Jesus! He was the earthly son of a heavenly Father. He broke the cycle of sin before He was born. In the Bible, the sacrificial lamb had to be without blemish (a birth defect), or without spot (something picked up along the way). Since Jesus had neither inherited sin, nor practiced sin - He alone qualifies as "...the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

I believe in the virgin birth because: a) The angel of the Lord announced it (Matthew 1:20)! b)Mary's husband-to-be accepted it (Matthew 1:24)! c) Elizabeth, her cousin, got it by divine revelation (Luke 1:4)! d) and the story was written by a respected medical doctor who'd known the character "...Know the certainty of those things: (Luke 1:4). God first laid His gift in a manger - then He hung it on a tree.

God first laid His gift in a manger - then He hung it on a tree. Today receive that gift by faith, and this will truly be the greatest Christmas you've ever had.

Adapted from A Fresh Word For Today
by Bridge-Logos Publishers



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