“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:18-25).
Though the majority of the world will celebrate Christmas in some fashion, most of them think that the birth of Jesus is too incredible to believe, so simply dismiss the facts as myth. It is easier for them to think that something else was at the base of the “virgin” who gave birth to a incredible child. As Christians we are asked to accept the testimony of Mary and Joseph as absolute gospel truth, for if there was no virgin birth, then there is no Son of God, and if there is no Son of God, there is no Saviour. What is the point of the Christmas season if the Bible is wrong about the details?
The testimony of the Father
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17) … “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).
Surely those who reject the virgin birth of Jesus have no grounds for believing that He is literally the Son of God, and as a result are calling God a liar. It also means that those who claim to have heard these words are false witnesses. Why would anyone come up with such an incredible story about hearing a voice from Heaven declaring Jesus to be the Son of God? “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount” (2 Peter 1:16-18). Right from the beginning of the gospel story we are told that the child in Mary’s womb was the Son of God, and as incredible as it may sound, even angels sent by God spoke of it as absolute truth. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:31). It certainly sound incredible to Mary, and understandably so, for she was expected to take the angel’s word in faith. “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” (Luke 1:34). If it was not an incredible conception then the birth of Jesus was no different to the countless millions of others since man first walked on earth. “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
Even the fallen angels believed that Jesus was God’s Son. “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29). Therefore it is incredible that some still refuse to believe what the Bible says about the most important truth of all.
The testimony of the Son
The Lord spoke of Himself as being God’s Son with words that made other usages of the title completely different than what He wanted His listeners to believe. “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Such a declaration was too incredible for the religious leaders of that day to accept, so they took up stones to kill Him (John 8:59). They fully understood the implications of what Jesus was saying about Himself. No wonder then that the gainsayers and translators seek to rob these words of their glory.
The Lord Jesus continuously called God His Father, and the Jews knew what He meant, for to be the Son of God He must be God. “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18) … “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:33). Everyone back then realised what Jesus was claiming when He stated that He was the Son of God. “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27). It is incredible that people today cannot see it too.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Only those who believe in the literal virgin birth of Christ, and as a consequence that He is the Son of God, have eternal life. Those who find it too incredible to believe can never be blessed by Him. “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-17). Those who believe it not are damned, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). The Scriptures teach, “God is not a man, that he should lie” (Numbers 23:19). The Christmas story may sound incredible, but that is what miracles are all about. It is the impossibility of it all that makes it so marvellously credible. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).