Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
(The Advent: Faces within the Christmas Story.)
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us).” -AMPLIFIED
As has been stated before, Isaiah prophesied of the coming of the Messiah some 700 years before it actually took place. Throughout the book of Isaiah we find reference to various prophecies that the birth of this Child would fulfill. Today we will address the fact that the Child would be both God and man.
Isaiah tells us, “A virgin will conceive and give birth to a son.” By definition a virgin is someone who has never been married, or had sexual intercourse. This is someone who is chaste, pure, untouched and considered a maiden; in other words someone who has never been with a man.
Dr. G. Campbell Morgan is noted as saying this about the Incarnation; “Here is the Ancient of Days becoming a babe in Bethlehem. Here is He who thunders in the Heavens, crying in the cradle. Here is the One who made all flesh now being made of flesh. Here is He who could summon the legions of angels and He’s wrapped in swaddling clothes…the Mighty God becoming a helpless child.”
There is a great significance in this virgin birth. It was Luke who wrote of Mary’s encounter with the Angel. Luke records, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” -Luke 1:30-33 (AMP)
This Child, that the virgin would carry, would be conceived by the Holy Spirit. We need to recognize something in order for us to completely understand what is being conveyed here; the sin nature is passed down from generation to generation through the father. Paul told the Romans, “So then as through one trespass [Adam’s sin] there resulted condemnation for all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” -Romans 5:18 (AMP)
This Child would be born without sin. He would have no sin nature. The book of Hebrews tells us; “It is only fitting that we should have a High Priest who is devoted to God, blameless, pure, compassionate toward but separate from sinners, and exalted by God to the highest place of honor.” -Hebrews 7:26 (VOICE)
The significance of the virgin birth is this: this Child, born of a virgin, without sin, would break the cycle of sin. “When the right time arrived, God sent His Son into this world (born of a woman, subject to the law) to free those who, just like Him, were subject to the law. Ultimately He wanted us all to be adopted as sons and daughters. Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father.” You no longer have to live as a slave because you are a child of God. And since you are His child, God guarantees an inheritance is waiting for you.” -Galatians 4:4-7 (VOICE)
The significance of the virgin birth is this; Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit; God was His Father. This means that His lineage was a sinless one. Because of this Jesus is able to save His people from their sins. Hallelujah, what a Savior! This is the miracle and mystery of Christmas!
Lord, You who knew no sin became flesh to dwell among us who had no relief from sin. Jesus, our Messiah came, born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, to allow me to become righteous before God; when I could do nothing to save myself, God you did everything that needed to be done so that I might be saved. Hallelujah! You are such a loving, considerate, and marvelous God. Where would I be without you? I know wherever it would be, it would be a hopeless place. Thank you, God for becoming the God-man, fully God and fully man for my sake. Oh God, I am so thankful for all you have done for me.