Thursday, April 22, 2010

"Of the Virgin Birth" by Mariel

(A narration of _Be Ready to Answer_, Chapter 7, by Michael L. Gowens)

I believe in the Virgin Birth. The Virgin Birth was one of most important miracles ever. God’s providence is closely related to miracles. I, for one, did not know that! The Virgin Birth occurred some 2,000 years ago. It was a miracle because Mary was not married(yet) and was engaged(to Joseph). She had not known a man yet, so how did she conceive? The Spirit of God filled her.

Joseph and Mary were engaged. The Hebrews had this one custom among dozens of others that the couple were engaged for a year, while everyone would call them ‘husband’ and ‘wife’. But, they did not live together in the same house. That is why the Angel of the Lord made trips to two different houses instead of two trips to different rooms. Mary was in her house, and Joseph was in his.

Some people object to the Virgin Birth. They will say, “I know that that is what it says, but I can’t—and don’t— accept it.” Others say that it is just a myth. But, others are delicate about the situation and say that it is just plain embarrassing to have a virgin give birth.

But that brings us to another point. Why was it important that Jesus be born to a virgin? Well, you know how that genetic thingy works; the father’s genes get passed down to the son or daughter and they are like him in at least one way. Well, if Joseph had been Jesus' biological father, Joseph would have passed sin down to Jesus and if he had had sin, he would have been a sinner, and if he had been a sinner, he could not have redeemed us, because sinners cannot redeem sinners.

So now you know how the Virgin Birth and Jesus' death on the cross are associated with each other. I did not know the reason that Christ had to be born of a Virgin. I thought that it was just God’s way of showing his power, like in this song:

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform,
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

1 comment:

Randall said...

Beautiful! I love it!