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December 23, 2020

Today’s Promise

The Word Became Flesh

Matthew 1:23

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).


The Virgin Birth

Each day until Christmas, we are looking at the promises of Christmas and seeing what we can learn from them today.

After the angel appeared to Mary, he appeared to her future husband Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph that even though Mary was a virgin, she would have a son. That son would be the promised messiah.

Why the Virgin Birth is Important

The promise of the virgin birth is central to the Christian faith. Without the virgin birth, Jesus was just one more good teacher. Here are four reasons the virgin birth is important to who Jesus was.

First, it shows the uniqueness of Jesus. Jesus was more than a good teacher or wise prophet. He was more than a religious leader or sage. Jesus was God poured out in a man. He was all God and all man in one person. He had an earthly mother, but a heavenly Father. Jesus was divine.

Second, it showed His sinless perfection. The Bible says that sin came into this world through Adam. (Romans 5:12) Since God was his father, Jesus didn’t carry the sinful nature of Adam. He had the divine nature of His Heavenly Father.

Third, it broke the chain of sin. Just as sin came into this world through one man, righteousness and grace came into the world through Jesus. Jesus is the new Adam who redeems us from the power of sin brought about by the first Adam.

Fourth, He showed us what God was like. Jesus was just like His Father. Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus was the exact representation of God. He was literally just like His Father. Jesus showed us the full character and personality of God. If you want to know what God is like, look at the life of Jesus.

It is His virgin birth that confirmed Jesus as the Savior of the world. As the Savior, He offers you peace, forgiveness, and eternal life. The promise of Christmas is the promise of new life in Christ.

Look at the promise again.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). – Matthew 1:23

Make these confessions.

  • Jesus was the Savior, born of a virgin.
  • He broke the chain of sin that Adam began.
  • Jesus had an earthly mother but a Heavenly Father.
  • I find peace, forgiveness, and eternal life in Him.

In Jesus name,
Amen

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