13 Dec The Uniqueness of Jesus’s Birth
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:19-21
Have you ever considered why Jesus was born of a virgin? Why ‘that which [was] conceived in her [was] from the Holy Spirit’? One of the most significant reasons is mentioned by the angel of the Lord in verse 21, ‘for he will save his people from their sins’.
There is a difference between us and Jesus in our births. When we are born, we are born with a sin nature. There is nothing we can do about it. Every baby born since Cain, Adam and Eve’s first son, was born with a sin nature… except one. Jesus was born without this nature, because he was not born of man, but born of the Holy Spirit.
That is significant because it is the only way that Jesus could be without a sin nature, and therefore save his people from their sins by taking on the penalty of their sins.
What emotion does this stir in you? Thankfulness, curiosity, wonder? Take a moment to worship Jesus for His advent into our world.
If you have children:
Ask them to describe how Jesus is like us (i.e. he laughs, dreams, eats). Ask them to describe how Jesus is not like us (i.e. did not sin, mediate between us and God).