The virgin birth is one of the many teachings of Christianity that divides itself, and distances unbelievers. The secular world has belief in science and things that are tangible, but give little or no creedence to anything spiritual. By faith, they believe what is unseen is not real and merely "wives tales." The Christian world is divided by their faith in the written word, some believe the Bible entirely, some are unsure, some deny the miraculous portions, etc. Before the birth of Christ, some 700-750 BC, the prophet Isaiah spoke these words:
"Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with
child and will give birth to a son, and will call him IMMANUEL." Is.7:14 (NIV)
In caps above, LORD and IMMANUEL- meaning God with us. Let alone that it's hard for the individual to believe that a virgin could have a child, but now your saying she brings God Himself into the world as a baby...in a manger... in a barn? O yes, yes, and yes again. What a plan, the perfect plan! An impossible plan! Everything God does is impossible. He envisioned the world He wanted to create, and then He spoke it into existence, and it happened. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, and gave her the news, she said,"let in be unto me according to your word." With these words of faith, God again envisioned what He wanted to create in the womb of this young virgin, and planted His Word as a seed in her, and Immanuel, Jesus became flesh.
Hard to believe, huh. It is God doing the impossible again, the unexplanable, the move away from man's reasoning, that takes total faith to accept as reality. "It takes a man and a woman to conceive a child!" you exclaim. All it takes from God is a word...His Word that lives. If you don't believe, you don't believe, and I understand. But for those of us who have received by faith this Living Word, Christ Jesus, we have released God from the neat little box we kept Him in, and have come to believe that with Him nothing is impossible.
If we stretch our faith, never thinking about God having limitations, we will see more of the miraculous. We have turned over the supernatural to the things seen, touched with hands. The Dr's opinion rates high above our faith in God's power only because we have learned that God uses medicine to heal. That is wonderful, but God is awesome. This Christmas season, let's give God a real present He can use. Let's believe His Word so He can do something miraculous with us.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all! Keith