Why was it important that Jesus would be born of a Virgin?

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The incarnation of Jesus is the greatest fact of all time and the foundation of the Christian faith. For apart from the virgin birth there could be no true incarnation, and without the incarnation and virgin birth the Bible becomes simply a legend. The Virgin birth was essential for the following reasons:

First- The virgin birth was a miracle for people to believe.

The Lord gave a prediction in the Old Testament seven hundred years earlier about the coming of the Messiah: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Thus, Jesus’s birth was a fulfillment of prophecy.

And when the fulness of the time” came (Gal. 4:4), God brought His Son into the world, having prepared for Him a body (Heb. 10:5), through the virgin Mary who got conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:23).

Thus, God used supernatural signs and miracles to build the faith of His children (Deut. 10:21; John 21:25; Mark 16:17-20). And it should be added that the entire plan of salvation was a miracle, or a “mystery” from Jesus birth to His Resurrection and Ascension (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:9; 3:9; Col. 1:27; 2:2; Rev. 10:7).

Second- The virgin birth was the means by which the incarnation was accomplished.

The New Testament, stressed the incarnation and the union of divinity with humanity as the great central fact in the birth of Jesus. For the incarnation was the means by which Jesus became a man. God the Son always existed (John 8:58, 10:30). But at the appointed time, God the Son took on a human body (John 1:14) and came down to earth. Thus, in the flesh, Jesus Christ was fully God (John 1:1-3) and fully man (v. 14), yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

The concept of the deity of Jesus Christ is consistent with the virgin birth.  And the apostle Paul wrote, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:6–8 also Col.1:16; Heb. 1:1–9; etc.).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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