And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NASB).
Jesus’ supernatural conception with a natural birth via His virgin mother, Mary, continues to be like no other.
Event: Jesus’ unique conception and birth.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38.
Location: Conception via the Holy Spirit in Nazareth (Luke 1:26); birth in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1).
Time frame: Jesus’ earthly birth.
Background: Jesus’ conception and earthly birth fulfill several Old Testament prophecies of the prophet Isaiah. See Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7.
- Jesus is unique by being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin mother.
- Jesus is unique by being both fully God, and fully man.
- Joseph and Mary did not have physical relations until following Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:18, 25). Jesus’ virgin conception and birth made it possible for Him to be the sinless Savior of the world.
Something to think about. . .
God could have chosen various ways for His Son to enter our world. Unsurprisingly, He chose a miraculous conception and birth for His one of a kind Son. Tal Davis in Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (p. 186) conveys that among all the founders of the world’s major religions, Jesus is the only one miraculously conceived and born of a virgin human mother without any seminal contribution from a human father.
Adapted from: The Unique One: 18 Distinctives of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Cecil Price
December 19, 2021