A Godly Dragon Christmas 2020: Why The Virgin Birth Matters

 Well everyone, it's that wonderful time of year again. I know things have been really hard this year with the coronavirus lockdowns, people losing their jobs and going through a rough time, and all the racial and political tensions that have arisen from this election year, but let's not worry about that tonight. Why? Because tonight is Christmas Eve, meaning that Christmas Day is upon us. December 25th is the chosen traditional day to celebrate the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God the Son, on earth, who later on would live a sinless life and die on the cross for our sins so we can be with Him forever. However, the sad thing is that mainline Christian churches don't actually believe in the virgin birth and that anything in the Bible is actually true. They think the Bible is just stories with lessons to live our lives by. However, what they don't realize is that a literal virgin birth matters a great deal. In fact, that's an understatement. Our eternal fates rest on the virgin birth. So here are some reasons why the literal virgin birth of Christ matters. This will not be a detailed apologetics video, but rather a devotional. 

The first reason is that the integrity of the gospel record rests on the virgin birth of Christ. The Old Testament predicts a Messiah would be born of a virgin and be crucified for our sins. Isaiah 7:14 says "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.". Immanuel is a name that means God with us. Isaiah 53:5 says  the following: 

But He was wounded[k] for our transgressions,
He was [l]bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes[m] we are healed.

This is a prediction of the Messiah's crucifixion for our sins. Also, Isaiah 9:6 says the following: 

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The second reason is that the virgin birth allows for the preexistence of God. Normally, a virgin birth of a baby is next to impossible. However, this is God we are talking about, who has existed in the beginning of creation as a Trinity. The clue we get is in Genesis 1:26. "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.". God is also a God of miracles. While a virgin birth can't happen naturally, God can make it happen. The virgin Mary was used as the vehicle in which God the Son would be born on earth in this way. 

The third reason is that without a virgin conception of Jesus, Jesus can't be sinless. Romans 5:12-13 says the following: "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.". If Jesus had a natural birth between two humans and not a virgin birth, then Jesus would have been just another man with the same sinful inclinations we all possess. This ruins the gospel narrative because Jesus must be sinless to die on the cross for our sins. 

The fourth reason is that the elimination of the virgin birth jeopardizes Jesus' entire life and ministry. 1 John 4:3 says the following: "and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.". This is not a suggestion. You are required to confess a literal virgin birth and that God the Son has come in the flesh or else you have the spirit of the antichrist. You either believe that God has come in the flesh or you can't call yourself a Christian. Furthermore, if Jesus wasn't born from a miraculous virgin birth then he's only a sinful man that deceived many, including the apostles. Let's take this quote from C.S. Lewis from "Mere Christianity". "

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

It could not get more clear than that. Jesus is Lord or Jesus is a liar, and thinking otherwise jeopardizes his ministry on earth and the entire gospel. 

The fifth and final reason is this: The virgin birth must be part of a Christian's confession of faith. It is a core doctrine. Core doctrine is this: God has always existed as a Trinity, God the Son was born via a virgin, he lives a sinless life on earth, he was crucified on the cross for our sins, and 3 days later he conquered death by his resurrection and ascension where He now sits by the right hand of the Father. Furthermore, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. He is the only way. This is absolute truth that all Christians must confess. This is the Christian worldview we celebrate every Christmas and every Easter. 

This is why the literal virgin birth matters. The government may tell us that Christmas is cancelled, but they cannot cancel the reason for the season, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This is what Christmas is all about. Not about materialism or Santa or Rudolph or Frosty, but about Jesus. So whatever you do for Christmas this year albeit the government's limitations, let it be in joyous celebration of the Lord who has come to save us. And with that, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless, and I will see you again in the New Year for some brand new videos I have lined up. God bless! 

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