GOD’S WORD FOR DECEMBER 16
GOD’S WORD FOR DECEMBER 16~ ~ Matthew 1:23 ~ ~ “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Unbelievers, skeptics, atheists and agnostics, will all deny the virgin birth because they can’t understand how it was done. But these same people will believe that all things we see and know to exist, came into being FROM nothing, and BY nothing!!!!! It takes far more faith to believe that all things, including the universe, came into being by a big bang and developed into complicated living things by themselves.
Life is filled with intervention by intelligent forces that we cannot understand. Television allows us to watch what is happening this instant thousands of miles away. Few, if any of us, understand every one of the intelligently directed efforts that make television possible. Who could master and control all the details that bring together satellite, television, sound and electrical control technologies to produce sights and sounds from anywhere in the world? However, our inability to understand television does not lead us to deny its existence. God Himself put the laws into being for these technologies to work, but man takes the credit for them.
Then can we say that God cannot take the form of His creatures simply because He loved us? Can we say that it is impossible for a virgin to give birth to God in the flesh? Can science rule out His suffering and death for the payment of our sin? Can science presume to tell us His grave is not empty?
Even if God would have visibly shown skeptical scientists every step, our measures are too narrow to span the width, too small to plumb the depth of His purposes. And for that we thank Him. We thank Him for intervening in our history with the birth of His Son. Truly the depths of God’s acts are only comprehended in heavenly light!
He was fully God on His Father’s side, and fully man on His mother’s side. If He had been the child of two humans, He could not have paid the price for our sins, because He would have been sinful Himself. If He had been the child of no humans, He could not have paid the price for our sins, because He couldn’t have identified with humanity, and it wouldn’t have fulfilled the justice of the Father. But because He had one human parent, and one Divine parent, He DID PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS!!!
With the bloodlines of His mother, and his adoptive father, Joseph, He fulfilled both the qualifications of a direct descendant of David and the line of Kingship for David’s throne, fulfilling the prophesy given in Genesis 3:15
“ And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Jesus is the Seed of the woman in that prophesy. Usually the man contributes the seed, as far as heritage, but because His human lineage was through Mary, to identify with the sin of mankind, (Mary was NOT sinless), this had to be. The first part of Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled at the cross (Satan bruising the heel of Jesus) but, awww- the head of Satan was crushed at calvary and he was taken captive! Death was swallowed up in victory for those who are in Christ Jesus!!!
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
That is what the virgin Birth is all about!!!!
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