God’s Thoughts to Me
Had Jesus Christ been born as you and I were born, by natural conception through the line of Adam, He too would have been in Adam (The Mystery of Godliness, Maj. Ian W Thomas).
I am delighted today to introduce my dear brother and friend, Joseph Pote. Joe is an avid Bible student since childhood and teaches Sunday School.
He lives with his wife and 12 year old son on a farm outside Hope, Arkansas, U.S.A. Joe is a structural engineer and has agreed to honor me today by being a guest writer at my blog. To visit Joe, just click on his picture. Thank you, friend, and over to you..
Born of a Virgin
Impossible, yet, it happened…the virgin birth of Christ, an essential part of God’s plan of salvation.
We will look at three specific reasons for the virgin birth:
- to identify Jesus as the Messiah (Christ)
- to qualify Jesus as our Kinsman-Redeemer
- to illustrate how Jesus delivers us
Identifying Jesus as Messiah
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Christ’s virgin birth fulfilled the prophesy that Jesus is the Messiah. It could only be made possible by God and was chosen as a sign to prove that Jesus is Christ…Immanuel…God with us.
Qualifying Jesus to be our Kinsman-Redeemer
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel. (Genesis 3:15)
This first Messianic prophecy was spoken by God, to the serpent, after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. God promised a coming Redeemer even before He banished them from the garden.
In scripture, the seed is pictured as coming from the man, while the woman’s womb is pictured as a fertile environment for the seed to develop into a child. Yet here God speaks of the woman’s seed.
Before creation God had already planned for Messiah to be conceived without an earthly father…to be born of a virgin. Jesus is the seed of the woman.
And I will put enmity…between your seed and her seed…
The seed of the woman is Jesus Christ. Who is the seed of the serpent?
Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.
You are doing the deeds of your father. … You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.
Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies…” (John 8:39-45 – emphasis mine)
The seed of the serpent are those who do the deeds of Satan…those who are at enmity with God…those who walk in sin. The seed of the serpent are all the descendants of Adam who reject Jesus as Christ (1 John 5:1&19).
Adam was created in covenant with God (Genesis 1:27 & 2:7, Hosea 6:7). When Adam sinned, he entered into covenant with the kingdom of darkness.
This is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…being in covenant with both good and evil.
Remember those fictional stories about people making deals with the devil then despairing because Satan gained legal right to their souls?
This was the issue facing mankind after Adam’s fall…the devil had legal claim over Adam’s soul.
In the Old Testament, covenant is a father-to-son inheritance. The sons inherited not only the father’s property, but also his covenant relationships, including his debts.
So, not only was Adam in covenant with evil…so were all his descendants. What a seemingly hopeless situation! How can we escape an evil legacy inherited from birth? Every human child is born into Adam’s covenant with evil.
Every child…except Jesus!
Jesus was born of a virgin! Jesus is the seed of the woman, conceived with no earthly father from whom to inherit Adam’s covenant.
Conceived of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was born in covenant with God but not in covenant with evil.
As the only descendant of Adam born with no covenant ties to the kingdom of darkness, only Jesus was qualified to act as our Kinsman-Redeemer. Only Jesus could redeem us from the kingdom of darkness.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
I will make justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
Your covenant with death will be canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand… (Isaiah 28:16-18)
Only Jesus was qualified to be our Kinsman-Redeemer, and His virgin birth was an essential part of God’s plan of redemption.
Illustrating how Jesus would Deliver Us
Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. (Luke 2:23)
Luke quoted from the book of Exodus to explain the infant consecration of Jesus. This edict was given to Israel after the plague of the death of the first-born of Egypt.
In memory of God’s deliverance, they were to consecrate all first-born males to the Lord.
Like many aspects of the Old Testament, this law also carried a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah and was only completely fulfilled in Jesus.
Every first-born male that opens the womb…
Of the many first-born males in Israel, only one opened the womb as Jesus did. A betrothed Israeli virgin expected the physical barrier to her womb to be opened on her wedding night.
That was the night where the bride and groom became one flesh … the passion and intimacy of love by which the marital blood covenant was consummated.
This rending of the barrier is essential for conception of a child. Jesus, however, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. The barrier to Mary’s womb was intact until the time of Jesus’ birth.
John, speaking of the uniqueness of Christ’s birth, said,
This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.
And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. (1 John 5:6-8)
Only Jesus is truly a “…first-born male that opens the womb…called holy to the Lord.”
So…what does this have to do with Jesus delivering us?
In scripture, the womb is often used as a metaphor for Sheol, the place of the dead. Sheol is pictured as a place of constriction where the Old Testament saints were confined, awaiting deliverance, much as a baby is confined in the womb.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is stored up.
The pains of childbirth come upon him;
He is not a wise son,
For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting? (Hosea 13:12-14)
The latter part of this passage was quoted by Paul as having been victoriously fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Paul also said of Jesus:
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything (Colossians 1:18 – emphasis mine).
Jesus, who opened the womb, also opened the tomb. He is the first-born who opened the womb for His younger siblings to follow…and He is the first-resurrected who opened the gates of Death for His people to follow.
A midwife delivers a baby by working from the outside to assist the baby out of the womb into the mother’s arms.
Jesus delivers by joining us in our place of bondage and leading us out into liberating relationship with the Father.
In His birth, Jesus opened the womb. In His death, Jesus opened the Holy of Holies, rending the temple veil both on earth and in Heaven. In His resurrection, Jesus opened the gates of Sheol.
Through Jesus Christ, our Deliverer, we are truly born again!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
From what bondage has Jesus redeemed and delivered you?
Thanks again so much , dear Joe. I am linking this post at some of the places on my Tea Time and Link-Up Page.