The birth of Jesus Christ was no normal event. It was marked in God’s eternal calendar, and
when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman (Gal. 4:4, NKJV) . It is the fulfillment of the first promise God made after the entrance of sin in Eden (Gen. 3:15) .
Read the following pairs of texts. In each one, how was the birth of Jesus an amazing fulfillment of prophecy? What does this tell us about why we must learn to trust all of God’s promises? Deut. 18:15; Acts 3:22-24; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:21-23; Mic. 5:2; Luke 2:4-7.
Six months after Gabriel announced to Zacharias the coming birth of John, he announced to Mary of Nazareth an even greater miracle: that a virgin will
conceive . . . and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus (Luke 1:31, NKJV) .
The virgin birth of Jesus goes against all nature, and it cannot be explained by nature or naturalistic philosophy. Even Mary had her question:
How can this be, since I do not know a man? (Luke 1:34, NKJV) . The angel assured her that this would be the work of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) , and
with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37, NKJV) . Mary’s immediate and faithful submission was remarkable:
Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38, NKJV) . Every human question, no matter how natural or logical, must give way to the divine answer. Be it Creation or the Cross, the Incarnation or the Resurrection, the downpour of manna or the outpouring of Pentecost—the divine initiative demands human surrender and acceptance.
While Mary answered her own question by submission and surrender to God’s sovereignty and eternal purpose, Gabriel assured her with another great answer:
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35, NKJV) .
Some secular cultures have been browbeaten into believing that everything, ultimately, has a naturalistic and scientific explanation. Why is this such a narrow, even superficial, view of the grandeur and greatness of reality?