The prevailing view among critics is that the virgin birth has no historical, biological, human, or logical basis. they trace the story of the virgin birth to believers in the Septuagint of Isaiah that a “virgin” would conceive a Son called “Immanuel” (“God with us”). They say that these believers invented the virgin birth to accomplish two apologetic purposes at once: first, to prove that Jesus was the Christ prophesied, and second, to prove that Jesus was God. This is on the assumption that it was more reasonable to view Him as the Son of God if He did not have an earthly father. this lesson will explore the significance of the virgin birth of Christ and virtue in the life of Mary, the virgin.
Who Is a Virgin?
A virgin is someone without sexual relations. Girls of the Jews of that period always became engaged when they were twelve or thirteen years old. Actually, for legal purposes, this engagement was regarded as the first stage of a marriage. However, the girl would remain with her parents for about a year before going to live with her husband and consummate the marriage. If she becomes pregnant before then, she would face public disgrace, and if the law was strictly enforced, she could be executed as an adulterous. When Mary became pregnant, she was already engaged but unmarried to Joseph. The book of Matthew chapter 1 verses 19-24 says that Joseph wanted to back out of the marriage after he found out about the pregnancy. An angel then appeared to Joseph in a dream and convinced him to accept Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:25 also says that Joseph “had no union with her until she gave birth to a son “thus, confirming that it was a virgin birth.
The Virgin Birth
The virgin birth is an essentially historic belief of the Christian Faith. It is the belief in the peculiarity of Christ as a Being without sin. His divine nature makes Him the perfect sacrifice required by God for the redemption work. The virgin birth underscores the two natures of Christ. Read and meditate on(Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:20)
The Significance of the Virgin Birth
- The virgin birth explains how Jesus is both fully God and fully Man. (John 1: 1-3, 14). The Son to be born of the Virgin Mary was going to be more than just a Man, but also going to be the Son of God as well. Therefore, Christmas is a celebration of the power of God and the wonder and mystery of the incarnation. It is a time in which we are to be humbled by our own inability to grasp and fathom God’s greatness.
- The virgin birth explains how Jesus was without sin (Luke 1″ 35). Christmas is a time to celebrate the fact that Jesus was born without sin, lived without sin, and died without sin for the redemption of the world.
- The virgin birth explains the fact that Jesus remained sinless throughout His lifetime does not mean He did not face temptation; rather, he was able to overcome every temptation. Therefore, Christmas is a time to rejoice that God Himself has condescended to become one of us and that He understands and sympathizes with our weaknesses. It is a time to celebrate God who has drawn close to us so that we may bodily draw near to Him.
- The virgin is a miraculous sign from God that He has initiated to save His people from their sins. Christmas is a celebration of the grace of God in providing Jesus as our Savior and accomplishing through Him all that is necessary to save us.
The Virtues in Mary
- Life of obedience: (Luke 1: 38; 2: 21-22). Mary accepted the good news of the angel and submitted herself to the wonderful will of God, who would be born in a manager. She escaped to Egypt in very severe circumstances and endured poverty in Nazareth without complaint. In complement submission to the Lord, she agreed that her only begotten Son would leave her to devote Himself to the message He brought from the Father to us. Her obedience was without grumbling. She understood the purpose of God as one beyond human understanding
- Life of devotion: (Luke 1: 46-47). Devotion is defined as an ardor to serve God. Certainly, Mary not only had a dedicated prayer life, but she also put the Word of God into practice by being dutiful to the laws of God. Mary professes her love of God and also allows God’s Word to come alive in her.
- Life of purity: (Mathew 1: 18; 20, 23; Luke 1: 24, 34). Mary is the perfect example of a human being who let nothing come between her and God. Her purity by being a virgin was not only in the flesh but also in her soul and spirit.
- Life of prudence: (Mathew 2: 19, 51). Mary was endowed with a pure and undivided heart. She had a heart that made her constantly be in God’s presence.
- Life of humility: (Luke 1: 48). In order to please God, she thought, spoke, and acted humbly. She was troubled by Gabriel’s praise, yet replied with humility.
- Life of sorrow: (Luke 2: 35). When Mary wanted to deliver a baby, Joseph took shelter in a stable place. Mary had only cheap swaddling clothes to take care of Jesus and keep him warm.
- Life of mercy: (Luke 1: 39; 56). Being merciful means having an attitude of compassion toward the misery and needs of others through action.
- Life of faith: (Luke 1: 45). Once Gabriel clarified that this conception would be accomplished by the power of the Most High, Mary surrendered herself completely to the Divine plan. Read (Luke 1: 38). She gladly accepted the declaration.
- Life of patience: (John 19: 25). Mary proved what it means to be a child of God. She put all her trials into perspective with her vocation as the mother of Jesus. Calmly, she suffered and patiently resigned herself to God’s will. Indeed, while living amidst hardship and turmoil. Mary teaches us how, through patience, we may gain a greater love for Christ and for our neighbors.
We all have seen just how important the virgin birth is to our faith. The Scripture is quite clear about how essential this historical fact is to our salvation. Mary is the example and pride of the human race. The virgin birth explains the absolute uniqueness of Jesus Christ, that He was totally distinct from all the rest of humility in His conception, moral character, power, and message.