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Christmas Series 2006

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Christmas Series 2006

    Just think for a moment of the changes in recent memory related

    only to the computer that involves many of us daily email, the web,

    e-commerce, and the list goes on.

    In 1946, an early form of the computer took up 1000 square feet of

    space while today you can hold the equivalent and more in the palm

    of your hand!

     The zipper was introduced in 1913.

     The radio came on the scene in 1914.

     Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic in

    1927.

     Sir Edmund Hillery was the first to climb Mt. Everest in 1953.

     The automatic transmission made its debut in 1946.

     Television startled the world in 1947.

     The Xerox copy machine transformed business starting in 1950.

     Instant coffee began waking us up in 1956.

     Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1952.

     Starbucks made espresso a household word starting in 1971.

     Microsoft started changing the world in 1976.

Like me, maybe you enjoy stories about remarkable people, events and achievements.

We‟re taking a careful look these days into the event that overshadows all others the coming of God into the world in

    human form.

It‟s not a fairy tale, science fiction or a religious myth – GOD CAME!

    Does anything equal it? Does anything compare to it? Has anything changed history and our own lives more than this?

     The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ is central to what Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth of Jesus.

     The Incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Birth of Jesus are related truths but distinctly

    different.

The term Incarnation is used to express the idea that God himself was coming into the world incarnated (in-fleshed) in

    the person of Jesus.

The Virgin Birth speaks of the way he came and the way he came emphasizes why he came.

SO, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH THE VIRGIN BIRTH? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT REALLY MAKE? If Jesus

    had been born in the normal way of sexual relations between a man and a woman, he would not be qualified to be our Savior he would have been infected with a sin nature and unqualified to atone for man‟s sin.

    Matthew 1:18-25, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

    But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, „Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.‟

    “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: „The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him “Immanuel” – which means, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14).

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he

    had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”

    Pastor Marc Pearson ;;Christ Memorial Church Poulsbo, WA

Jesus is called Christ because it is the Greek form of the Hebrew word for Messiah.

Christ is not his name but his title he is Jesus the Christ, the “Anointed One.”

The name Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua meaning “the Lord saves.”

The account in Matthew is told from Joseph‟s viewpoint while Luke gives us Mary‟s perspective.

Luke 1:26-37, “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be

    married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin‟s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, „Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.‟

    “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, „Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

“ „How will this be,‟ Mary asked the angel, „since I am a virgin?‟

    “The angel answered, „The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.‟

     thTHE APOSTLE’S CREED (From the 8 Century through the Present)

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

    the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,

    His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,

    born of the Virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.

    The third day He arose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven

    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    the holy catholic [apostolic or universal] church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and life everlasting.

    Amen.

    A poll of nearly 7,500 Protestant ministers showed a wide variation in belief. The following ministers do not believe in the Virgin Birth (ReligiousTolerance.org)

    ; American Lutherans 19%

    ; American Baptists 34%

    ; Episcopalians 44%

    ; Presbyterians 49%

    ; Methodists 60%

    Josh McDowell, “A common objection to the virgin birth is that it is a biological impossibility, which was accepted by people ignorant of these things. C.S. Lewis made some pertinent observations in this view:

    (LEWIS SAYS) “ „You will hear people say, “The early Christians believed that Christ was the son of a virgin, but we know that this is a scientific impossibility.” Such people seem to have an idea that belief in miracles arose at a period when men were so ignorant of the course of nature that they did not perceive a miracle to be contrary to it.

    Pastor Marc Pearson ;;Christ Memorial Church Poulsbo, WA

    “ „A moment‟s thought shows this to be foolish, with the story of the virgin birth as a particularly striking example. When Joseph discovered that his fiancée was going to have a baby, he not unnaturally decided to repudiate her. Why? Because he knew just as well as any modern gynecologist that in the ordinary course of nature women do not have babies unless they have lain with men.

    “ „No doubt the modern gynecologist knows several things about birth and begetting which Joseph did not know. But those things do not concern the main point that a virgin birth is contrary to the course of nature. And Joseph obviously knew that.‟ ”

    Dr. Ian Paisley, “In many quarters, ecclesiastical as well as secular, belief in the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is scouted as unworthy of twentieth-century intelligence. Biologically, it is vehemently asserted, such a birth is impossible. Science with pontifical authority has pronounced against it. Who dares to challenge the "all knowing" of such an eminent authority?

    This assault on the doctrine of the Virgin Birth is, however, but one phase of a great battle to evacuate the supernatural from Christianity and to reduce it to the plane of natural religion. These naturalists in religion are out to destroy supernatural Christianity.

    They go through the Bible and tell us there is no supernatural revelation there. They go through the Birth of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural incarnation there. They go through the Person of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural deity there. They go through the Works of Christ and tell us there are no supernatural miracles there. They go through the Words of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural wisdom there. They go through the Death of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural atonement there. They go through the Blood of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural cleansing there. They go through the Tomb of Christ and tell us there is no supernatural resurrection there.”

THE TWO CENTRAL ISSUES OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST ARE THESE:

1. It speaks of his PRE-EXISTENCE he is the eternal Son of God now come in human flesh. He is not a created

    being but entered this world miraculously.

     “An ordinary birth results in the generation of a new person, but the extraordinary birth of Christ resulted in the

    incarnation of an old person, even the Ancient of Days. No new person resulted at the birth of Christ, but through

    that Birth the Second Person of the Trinity, by taking into union with Himself an impeccable human nature, was

    manifested in the flesh.”

2. It speaks of his SINLESSNESS his qualification to be our sinless Redeemer and Savior.

    Dr. Ian Paisley, “Christ's Blood could only have these great attributes if He was Virgin-born... The supernatural blood necessitates the supernatural birth.

    It is an established physiological fact that the mother's blood is neither the source nor supply of the blood in the unborn infant's veins. It is the contribution of the male which leads to the development of the blood. Without that vital contribution

    no blood could be produced because the female of herself does not produce the elements essential for the production of this new blood. Gray's Anatomy, a recognized medical authority, states: „The fetal and maternal blood currents do not intermingle, being separated from each other by the delicate walls of the villi.‟

    Woman was so constructed that in the production of her child none of her blood would enter the veins of her offspring. This brings us back to Genesis and there we read: „And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man‟ – Genesis 2:21-22. The word used in verse 22 for the

    making of the woman is literally „builded.‟ God builded, or constructed, woman and she was constructed in such a manner

    that when she was producing a child, that child's blood would be a new creation and not formed by the mother's bloodstream. Why did God so build, or construct, the woman? Simply because He was anticipating the Virgin Birth and making ready the woman for the great incarnation of God in human flesh.

    Satan used the woman as the instrument to ruin the race, but God who is always ahead of the devil, forestalled him and had already constructed the woman so that she would be the instrument to produce the Redeemer of the race. If the woman had not been constructed in this manner and the production of blood in the unborn infant not so ordered, than Christ's blood would have been common with the whole race and valueless to redeem. The Virgin Birth of Christ, which

    Pastor Marc Pearson ;;Christ Memorial Church Poulsbo, WA

took place with no male contribution which would originate the infant's blood in the usual way, but by a supernatural act of

    God thus originating supernatural blood, is absolutely essential to the work of redemption. By such a birth and by such a

    birth alone could blood be produced precious, incorruptible, supernatural and divine, to redeem the fallen sons of Adam's accursed race.

As I view the almighty wisdom of God in the production of such blood the words of the angelic announcement of the

    Virgin Birth come with fresh authority to my heart. „For with God nothing shall be impossible‟ Luke 1:37.” END

Jesus was born “of a woman” to be fully human.

He was conceived of the Holy Spirit so he is fully God.

     He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (not by Joseph) so sin would not be part of his nature.

     The Virgin Birth qualifies the Lord Jesus to be the Savior of the world!

(Marc read an email from someone impacted by the “villi” information.)

THE APOSTLE’S CREED LET‟S STAND AND READ IT TOGETHER

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

    the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,

    His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,

    born of the Virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.

    The third day He arose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven

    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    the holy catholic church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and life everlasting.

    Amen.

    Pastor Marc Pearson ;;Christ Memorial Church Poulsbo, WA

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