for the Faith
The Girl From Nazareth
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00am
I find it interesting
that people choose parts of the Bible to accept as true.
The virgin birth is often a rejected miracle.
The argument I hear is, “As long as I
believe in Jesus, the rest doesn’t matter.” But that rationale
Apart from the virgin
birth, Jesus would have been just another man and therefore unworthy of
Consider the implications if
Mary were not a virgin.
If that were the case, then the
following things would be true:
She was a liar who
claimed to have been visited by an angel and told that she would
bear the Son of God;
She was unfaithful
to her intended husband and, consequently,
Jesus was an
illegitimate child with no divine nature.
Not only that, but
if the virgin birth were a
lie, then Jesus was a crazy man who claimed to be the Son of God and
died a martyr’s death trying to prove it.
death to provide atonement,
virgin birth had to be true.
A child born of a man and
woman comes into the world with a sinful “flesh” nature
5:12), but God
required a perfect sacrifice to pay for sin. That message is all
through the Old Testament (Deut.
Only Jesus, who was born of
the Holy Spirit
[3rd person of the Trinity]
could have paid our penalty in our place.
don’t believe this foundational biblical truth, then you cannot be a
question the virgin birth is to question the Bible, which clearly
question the virgin birth is to question the deity of Christ.
was not supernaturally conceived in the womb of Mary, then he was
He was not God, then his death on the cross really meant nothing at
who would suggest that the virgin birth is impossible, they are
essentially denying what the Scriptures teach, because the Bible teaches
that God can and will do miracles when and where he chooses.
So we must
believe that God in human form, came in the way the Bible tells us he
the virgin birth is essential for a Christian.
Yet it seems
as though people either honor (and in some cases even deify) Mary, or
they ignore her altogether. We need to find the right balance in how we
look at this special and godly woman.
In the New
Testament, Mary is never presented as the principal figure. Jesus is.
All New Testament references to her are directly connected to him. Yet
the fact that she is constantly associated with him does give her
a place of prominence and importance.
commentators believe that Mary was as young as 12, perhaps not much
older than 14.
in Nazareth, a nothing town in the middle of nowhere. Had she lived her
life as many other teens of her time, she would have married a poor man
and given birth to numerous poor children. She never would have traveled
more than a few miles from her home, and she would have died like
thousands of others before her.
Nazareth was one of those places that someone would pass through rather
than go to. It was simply a place that was on the way to another place.
Nazareth was sort of the Austin of the Middle East, a place to fuel up,
get a bite to eat and keep moving.
It also was a wicked place, a place where pagan temples were raised and
Roman soldiers would go about their ungodly living.
It was to this wicked, wretched little place, to this unknown girl
living in a relatively unknown city, that God sent the angel Gabriel to
deliver the message that she would bring about the most known event in
human history, an event that literally divided human time.
Without question there is no other person who has ever lived on this
earth who had such a unique relationship with Jesus as his mother, Mary.
Of course, she literally had him inside her womb, and she later embraced
him in her heart as Savior.
And although Mary was a godly woman, she was still a member of the human
race, which means that
she was a
In fact, it was Mary herself who said in the
her song of praise to God, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit
has rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke
a Savior, just like everyone else does.
"Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and
bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS” (Luke
Poor Mary. Her head must have been swimming at that point: How am I
going to explain this to Joseph? “Joseph, I’m pregnant. You know how the
Scriptures talk about the Messiah coming to the virgin? I am that
virgin. Everything is cool.”
Indeed, when Joseph found out, he was devastated. He was espoused to
Mary, which was almost like being married. It was a very serious part of
the marriage process, and if you broke your vows during that time, it
was like getting a divorce. Under Mosaic Law, Joseph could have had Mary
put to death by stoning. But Joseph loved Mary and decided that he would
put her away privately and spare her the embarrassment.
But God had different plans. And according to Matthew’s gospel, Gabriel
appeared to Joseph one night while he was sleeping and told him the
whole story. Gabriel said, “... do not be afraid to take to you Mary
your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And
she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He
will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew
clearly spoken to Mary, and he confirmed it through Joseph.
Martin Luther said, “[God] might have gone to Jerusalem and picked out
Caiaphas’ daughter, who was fair, rich, clad in gold-embroidered
raiment, and attended by a retinue of maids waiting. But God preferred a
lowly maid from a mean town.”
Maybe you live in a “mean town” right now. Maybe you are the sole
outspoken Christian in a family that is hostile toward the gospel. Or
maybe you see that same hostility and resistance in your workplace. Or
maybe you feel obscure and uncared for. In fact, maybe you’re wondering
whether it’s even possible to live a godly life anymore when it seems as
though everyone is compromising – even so-called committed Christians.
same God who gave Mary the power to live a godly life will give you the
power to do so as well. Mary lived a godly life in an ungodly place –
and so can you.
Finally, we cannot treat God’s Word like a religious buffet, where we choose the
parts we will believe.
Every fact, promise, and principle is included for a reason.
The Father placed His Son in the womb of a virgin so that no one could
doubt He was something special—the Lamb of God, Savior of the world.
Source: Adapted from
a devotional by Charles Stanley at: http://www.intouch.org,
and another by Greg Laurie at :
for emphasis and
www.biblegateway.com are mine. ... phh
Scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV)
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be
or email me if you have questions.
Amen and God bless you.
"Saint Pete", Sr.