Why Jesus Virgin Birth

Why Jesus Had to Be Born of A Virgin

Short Version: God had decreed concerning the Passover Lamb:  ‘Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats….” (Exodus 12:3-5)

The Passover was the foreshadow of Jesus Christ who was to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The prophets foretold that the Messiah, the Lamb of God, would be a sinless man, would be God, would be full of the Spirit of God, and would be a suitable offering to atone for the sins of mankind.

  • In order to be a man, He had to be born of a woman.
  • In order to be sinless, He had to born of a virgin.
  • In order to be God, He had to be conceived by the Holy Spirit.
  • In order to meet the standards and requirements of God’s perfect redemptive Law, He had to be God.

There can be no other conclusion. Jesus Christ could NOT have been fathered by a man! Jesus Christ HAD to have been born of a virgin.

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Virgin Birth Disputed by Jews

From the point of view of the Christian, the matter of Jesus’ birth mother being a virgin is an issue that impacts the very foundation of our Christian faith, the deity of Jesus Christ. At the “point of the spear” of the Christian belief in the deity of Jesus is Isaiah 7:14.

The point of view of the Jew is different and relevant.

  • The difference between Jew and Christian is Jesus Christ and His claim of deity. One of the key points of the Jewish rejection of Jesus as Messiah regards the Christian claim of His virgin birth and how it pertains to His deity.
  • Reaching into the bag of evidentiary scripture supporting their claim, Christians immediately pull out Isaiah 7:14, “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 may not be the best verse to convince your Jewish friends, since they will argue that Christians have mistranslated the verse in order to make their case that Jesus is Messiah.

  • Their argument is that the Hebrew word for “virgin” is “bethulah”; Isaiah does not use the Hebrew word “bethulah” in Isaiah 7:14 but instead uses the Hebrew word, “almah”, a Hebrew feminine noun for a girl who has reached puberty but is still under the shielding protection of her family; she is a young, marriageable (i.e. unmarried) girl.
  • Does this mean that the Christian translation of “young woman” as “virgin” were wrong?

Absolutely NOT!! Contextually Drawn Conclusion: In the Hebrew, almah by definition characterizes a young female of marriageable age.

  • Within the culture, and the extreme manner to which the Jews adhered to the Jewish Law, there is the undeniable implication of virginity by virtue of marriageability.
  • The context of the Old Testament scriptures clearly and definitively leads to the conclusion that God would use a young female of marriageable age- thus a virgin- to impregnate by His Spirit.
  • Scholars generally agree that there is not a single passage of Scripture where an almah is not a bethulah. In other words, there is no Hebrew text in the Old Testament in which a young maiden of marriageable age is not a virgin.

Why Jesus Had to Be Born of A Virgin

God so finely and perfectly designed His plan of redemption that a man conceived in sin by man could never be worthy to cover the sins of the world.

  • Psalm 49:7 says, “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him…”. Moses tried to offer himself an atonement for the sin of his people (Ex 32:32) but God would not accept him.
  • Why not? Because, by God’s own Law, a brother cannot by redeeming, redeem; a man cannot give to God his own ransom. Moses was a mere man, himself blemished and flawed by sin and, as such, did not meet God’s required perfect standard.

Conversely Jesus was in every way the complete and perfect conformance to God’s perfect Law given to Israel.

  • In birth Jesus, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, was “genetically” perfect, untainted by the inherent sin nature that polluted the human gene pool since Adam.
  • In His living Jesus without flaw obediently fulfilled every requirement of the Law regarding relationships man to man and the relationship of man to God.
  • In His dying, Jesus without flaw obediently fulfilled every requirement of the Law regarding the sacrificial system for sin, the atonement for sin, and the redemption of sinners.

Even if not one single writer of Scripture ever stroked the word “virgin”, the contextually drawn conclusion can only be one: Jesus Christ could NOT have been fathered by a man!

  • In order to be a man, He had to be born of a woman.
  • In order to be sinless, He had to born of a virgin.
  • In order to be God, He had to be conceived by the Holy Spirit.
  • In order to meet the standards and requirements of God’s perfect redemptive Law, He had to be God.

There is no other possible conclusion!!

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