In the cynical world we live in today one can’t help but believe the immaculate conception and birth of Jesus in a manger would play out like a Maury Povich paternity test episode. After lots of scandalous talk and judgmental looks Maury would proclaim “Joseph, in the case of the little baby Jesus, you are not the father!”.
It’s important that Jesus was born from a virgin in fact Matt 1:22-23 spells it out for us:
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”-which means, “God with us.”
Also in Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
The miraculous birth is definite proof that Jesus is the Messiah. The Messiah was to be born of a virgin. How many people could say their mother was a virgin? I only know of one. By this fact alone, we can have confidence that Jesus is the Messiah. However, God gave us many more prophesies about the Messiah in the Old Testament, which were also fulfilled in Jesus. If you read through the book of Matthew, you will see that the writer refers constantly to the Old Testament in order to show the fulfillment of prophecy about the Messiah in Jesus Christ.
Why would God give us so many prophecies concerning the Messiah? In order for us to discern, beyond a doubt, who the real Messiah is: Jesus Christ. Let’s join the centurion who witnessed Jesus’ death. That by himself was proof enough for him: Matt 27:54—“When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’”
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The reproductive cell of the mother could have been used whether the mother was a virgin or not. The same technology would have been involved. However, Jesus birth was a miracle and had to be seen to be a miracle. It was pretty much was impossible in those times for a virgin to conceive. Also, Jesus had to be born in the most humble of circumstances to carry out His great task. He had no beauty of appearance, was dark skinned, was conceived out of wedlock, was born in a stable and laid in a stock feeding trough for a bed. In addition he was born a Jew.
Without this miracle birth there could be no Messiah and mankind would be doomed and lost forever to sin. It was only through Christs miraculous birth, crucifixion and then raising from the dead was man able once again able to have their connection to God restored and eternal life became a possibility.
As you unwrap Christmas gifts this holiday season please remember to give thanks to God for giving the greatest gift of all, His only son who eventually grew up and afforded us the opportunity to obtain eternal life.