In the last post, we talked about the debate surrounding the Virgin Birth. The virgin birth isn't just a cog we can take out of the Scriptures. It is vital that Christians believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, for two primary reasons.
1. The Authority of Scripture
The reason we believe in the virgin birth actually happened is because that's what the Scriptures actually say. We believe that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God. It is without error, therefore if the Bible says something miraculous happened, then it must have happened. I realize to some that reasoning might seem a little circular, but anytime you argue from a position of absolute truth, reasoning becomes a little circular.
A Christian who denies the virgin birth of Christ has a very dangerous problem on his hands. He has now declared that the Bible has some error in it, like the virgin birth. They that Christian begins the impossibly dangerous path of having to discern what in the Bible is truth and what is a lie. That is a very dangerous slope that many have gone down and has distorted the Christian faith so that it can hardly be recognized. A Christian must submit himself to the word of God. He must submit to its truth, no matter how difficult it might be. We must trust God's word as truth, because that is what Jesus himself does in Matthew 5. We hold to the authority of the Scriptures, because Jesus affirmed the authority of the Scriptures in his teachings. A Christian who throws out the virgin birth sees the Bible as the word of man and not the word of God.
2. A Sinless Savior
However, there is more than just a Biblical authority issue that goes into the virgin birth of Christ. There is a massive theological problem when you disregard the virgin birth. The Bible teaches that every human being is born under the curse of Adam. Each and every one of us are born with a sinful nature. This sinful nature is passed down from generation to generation. We suffer from the same curse as our forefather, Adam.
However, Jesus is not mere men. He is both fully God and fully man. He was conceived not by men, but by the Spirit of God in the womb of the virgin Mary. Therefore, Jesus comes a new sinless man able to create a new humanity. Since Jesus has no earthly father, he has no sin nature. He is one of us, but different than us. He is without sin. He is the blameless and holy son of God.
As a result, Jesus can be the only proper sacrifice for sin. Since he was the sinless son of God, only he could absorb the wrath due your sin and mine. If you strip the virgin birth from Jesus you turn Him into just another bastard child. You strip His divinity and the cross loses all its significance.
However, the virgin birth DID happen. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Therefore, he is the holy blameless son of God. He goes to the cross for you and for me and takes on our punishment. What an amazing reality!