Jesus Born of the Virgin Mary

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Jesus Born of the Virgin Mary

Jesus Born of the Virgin Mary

After thousands of years of sin and failure, along came just one man who got everything right and that man wasMary the Mother of Jesus the Lord Jesus. Jesus was able to overcome, where all others have failed, because whilst Mary was his mother, God was his Father. For Jesus was virgin born.

Unique

Although he was the Son of God, the Jewish leaders hated him and throughout his short life they tried to find fault with what he said and the way he lived.

They wanted to discredit him, destroy his influence with the people, and finally they determined to have him killed. There was something about the way that Jesus spoke that really annoyed them. Frequently, people who heard him were amazed at his teaching.

It was plain and direct, very different from the complicated opinions they were used to:

“So it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at his teaching, for he

taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28–29).

When the Pharisees and Sadducees asked him trick questions, the result was the same:

“When the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at his teaching” (Matthew 22:33).

Promised: A Unique Birth

The Old Testament had pointed out very plainly – and it still does – that human nature is so weak that we men and women cannot save ourselves.

God allowed thousands of years of failure to pass so we have had plenty of time to realise this. The psalmist

put this feeling of need into a prayer:

“Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name” (Psalm 80:17–18).

The prophet Isaiah likewise commented:

The Virgin Birth“So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him” (Isaiah 59:15–16).

God was saying that He would do what mankind had failed to do:

He would provide someone who would obey His law and serve him perfectly.

Earlier, to King David, God had promised a descendant who would also be the Son of God (2 Samuel 7:12–16).

Isaiah, 300 years after David, revealed that the manner of his birth would be miraculous for he was to be virgin born:

“The Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

 

The Promised Birth

700 years later, Isaiah’s words were quoted by an angel who came to a Galilean carpenter to tell him that his

fiancée would have a baby whose Father would be God Himself. The young woman was named Mary. She

was a Jewish girl, very godly, but with ordinary human nature, like all of us.

The Isaiah passage was referred to:

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call his name “Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called his name Jesus” (Matthew 1:23–25).

Some churches treat Mary like a goddess, and even pray to her, although this is totally against Bible

teaching. In time Mary died just like everyone else, although she will be raised to life again when her Son returns as God’s appointed King. Mary was, of course, very privileged to be the mother of God’s Son.

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin

betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus …“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy

One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:26–35).

Son of God

If we were to ask, ‘whose son is Jesus?’, the Apostle John has the answer:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love (2 John 3).

The Bible is so clear: Jesus is God’s Son. Many Christians spoil the truth about this by believing that there are three persons within one Godhead and that Jesus is the second person of a trinity. The Bible teaches differently:

Jesus is the Son of God, not God Himself.

By John Woodall