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12/23/2014

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The Virgin Birth


"Therefore the Lord will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isa.7:14). "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... 'You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus...' 'How will this be,' Mary asked the angel, 'since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one born will be called the Son of God'" (Lk.7:26-27; 31; 34-35).

One's faith walks a narrow path between what is known and what is unknown. How it can be that the Divine became a man is in that realm of unknowable, but the knowable is the event itself. God began the story of His Son with a virgin birth, and that much is a matter of record. The story takes on epic proportions in that not only did God announce the coming of His Son with an event unique to human history, but proclaimed it centuries in advance. To call an event in advance such as this involves two very important things... Planning and purpose... An average billiards player may make a lucky shot, but if he calls a shot that involves banks off cushions and combinations of neutral balls, it inspires confidence that he knows what he's doing. Before the birth of Christ, God announced what He was going to do, and did it in great detail. It was the greatest call of all time...The birth of Jesus would fulfill the prophesy that Isaiah made to Ahaz, king of Judah, that a virgin would have a child. The child's name would be Immanuel, meaning "God with us." Beginning with His birth of a virgin, all generations would see the evidence that Mary's child was the Christ. The story is so filled with the divine providence of God, so it is little wonder that this season is a special one for many people. What is even more wonderful is that this Son would become our Savior...

Have a great day... Change your little part of the world for the better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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