JESUS – BORN OF A VIRGIN
- The miracle birth was that Jesus was born of a young virgin
- Jesus is the Son of the Most High God who created the universe
- He is Immanuel – God with us – to fix the greatest problem of our lives
“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1,14)
One of the prophesies about the Messiah comes from the prophet Isaiah who said, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (which in Hebrew means “God with us”).
Luke starts out his record of the actual events with the angel Gabriel coming to a young girl named Mary. The angel told her she was going to have a child without having had any sexual relationships with a man. It would be a miracle birth, but “nothing is impossible with God.” The angel also told Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, to get married to her now so the child would have a father to help care for him.
Amazing, not just a miracle birth, but a miracle person. The angel told Mary that this child would become known as the “Son of the Most High God.” The writer John explains that this was God himself, the creator of the universe. He left the power and glory over the heavens to enter as a helpless child totally dependent on his parents.
Wise men from the East even made a long journey to follow where they knew a star would lead them – to the feet of the Messiah. They were so thrilled to find him. When they saw him, they worshipped him and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Jesus’ mother Mary thought about these amazing events and treasured them in her heart.
Our God is not a distant God who just watches in comfort from a distance and doesn’t care about our situations. He is the Immanuel, the “God with us,” the one who would become one of us. God became a human being who would be able to relate to our challenges, stresses, hopes, joys, fears, and pain. But more important, Jesus would be the one who could take our place in fixing the greatest problem of our life. This is the miracle and mystery of Christmas!