December 12, 2008
The Virgin Birth: Does It Matter?

Isaiah 7:14

The virgin birth—like Jesus’ resurrection from the dead—ranks as one of the Bible’s more amazing miracles. Many people reject the idea outright, while others shrug it off as nonessential to their understanding of the Savior. But a person can’t believe the Word of God while rejecting its claim that the Lord was born to a virgin.

Scripture is emphatic about the nature of Jesus’ unusual conception. It is mentioned in both the Old Testament and the Gospels. In Genesis 3:15, God warned the serpent that enmity would exist between Eve’s seed and his. The choice of words is meant to catch the reader’s attention, since a woman does not have “seed.” Later, through Isaiah, God speaks a clear prophecy: “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son” (Isa. 7:14).

When Matthew recorded Jesus’ genealogy, he crafted a sentence that paid tribute to Mary—not Joseph—as Jesus’ biological parent (Matt. 1:16). Then, Luke’s gospel relates Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel, who explained that the Holy Spirit would place God’s Son in her womb (1:35). The heavenly Father saw to it that the biblical writers gave an accurate account of this awesome event.

Simply stated, rejecting the virgin birth is the equivalent of calling God a liar. The Bible is His revealed Word (2 Tim. 3:15). Suggesting one portion is false places the whole document under suspicion. Therefore, in answer to the question posed in the devotion’s title, yes, belief in the virgin birth does matter.

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