As we celebrate Christmas once again, it is important to remember the importance of the Virgin Birth. The Virgin Birth is foundational to the Christian Faith. If there is no Virgin Birth, then there is no Sinless Savior, and if no Sinless Savior then no Sacrifice for Sin and if no Sacrifice for Sin then no Salvation.
The Virgin Birth is first introduced in Genesis 3:15:“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”Here we get a glimpse of the virgin birth. Technically, the seed belongs to the man. However, in the case of Mary, the mother of Jesus, she is the only woman in human history who had a seed within her that did not come from a man. Jesus was born without a male seed. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Thus you have a God/man!
The Virgin Birth is prophesied in Isaiah 7:14:“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, (1) a virgin will be with child and (2) bear a son, and she will (3) call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah, seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth, prophesied that God would one day give the world a three-fold sign: (1) a pregnant virgin (2) would have a son and (3) His name would be called Immanuel. In this passage, Isaiah adds some striking details that expand on what was stated in Genesis 3:15.
The Virgin Birth is announced in Jeremiah 31:22:“How long will you go here and there, O faithless daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth— A woman will encompass a man.” Jeremiah was a prophet of God. In fact, he was called a prophet while still in his mother’s womb. That being the case, it stands to reason he would have something to say about the virgin birth. He predicts the virgin birth in this obscure verse when he says, “A woman will encompass a man.” This means a woman will give birth to a man without a man being involved. In other words, the Messiah will not have an earthly father. God wanted it understood this was His Son – not Joseph’s and Mary’s.
The Virgin Birth is explained in Matthew 1:20-22: “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for (1) that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And (2) she will bear a Son; and you shall (3) call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.’ Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled.” This passage helps explain the virgin birth prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and even takes us back to the “seed” of Genesis 3:15. It is obvious that Joseph, a man, and Mary, a woman, could not produce a God/man.
The Virgin Birth Occurs in Luke 2:7, 10-11: “And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And the angel said to them,‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” The prophet Isaiah said Jesus would be “despised and forsaken of men….” (Isaiah 53:3). This occurred not only at His death, but also at His birth. Please notice three things about this amazing birth: (1) Mary was alone when she gave birth, (2) she wrapped Him in those swaddling clothes and (3) she laid Him in the manger. Where was the innkeeper? Where was Joseph? It appears Luke was saying Mary had no one to care for her during the birth of her Son, Jesus.
The Significance of the Virgin Birth is revealed in Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” “The fulness of time” means at the “right” time or “perfect” time. It was at that time God sent forth His Son. Not Joseph, but God! And the Son was “born of a woman,” not a man and a woman. In order to redeem mankind, to make us sons, the Messiah had to be of us, yet transcend us. Jesus, the God/man, accomplished this through the virgin birth.