By Brian Crawford
In this season, we celebrate not only the birth of Yeshua, but also His reason for coming into the world. The Gospel accounts teach that Yeshua was “conceived…of the Holy Spirit” in His mother’s womb (Matthew 1:20, cf. Luke 1:35). Many skeptics deny that the virgin birth could have happened because of assumptions about the supernatural, but Yeshua’s miraculous conception is essential if our faith has any truth at all!
Any Messiah who could redeem us from our sins would have to be sinless himself. But how can a human being, descended from Adam, live without sinning from birth to grave? Likewise, any Messiah had to be born from David’s line (2 Samuel 7:16). But if someone is descended from David’s line, then surely he is tainted by humanity’s sinful nature!
The virgin birth was God’s solution to this paradox. Just as God created Adam as a perfect living being out of nothing, so too the Holy Spirit miraculously provided twenty-three perfect chromosomes to fertilize the egg in Mary’s womb. It was through this fusion of the miraculous and the natural that the pre-existent Son of God was made incarnate. On the one hand, this broke the chain of sin inherited from Adam (Genesis 3, Romans 5), enabling Yeshua to have a human nature untainted by sin. On the other hand, by having Mary as his physical mother and Joseph as his adopted father, Yeshua was born from David’s line (Matthew 1:6).
Thus, the virgin birth enabled Yeshua to be our sinless, perfect, unblemished lamb for the forgiveness of our sins and guaranteed that Yeshua could fulfill the Messianic prophecies about the Redeemer coming from David’s line. Only God could have come up with such a profound and awe-inspiring solution for our sin. For this reason and many others, we come and adore Him, Messiah the Lord.