"Mary Did You Know?"
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).
Joy to the World; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; What Child is This? Silent Night. These and many more are the glorious music of the Christmas season. Not only are they beautiful to hear and sing; but they also unmistakably declare the incarnation of Christ. The Son of God, who had existed and reigned throughout eternity, left the splendor of Heaven and took on the limitations of human flesh; taking our punishment for sin; and providing a way for us to spend eternity with him.
The virgin birth of Jesus made possible the uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person —but with one remarkable difference. He would be the only one to ever be born without the inherited or original sin of Adam. Every human baby born before Jesus, and every baby born after Jesus, enters this world with an endemic sin nature that will attempt to draw them into sin and disobedience. “...just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned....(Romans 5:12)
Belief in the virgin birth of Christ is fundamental to our salvation. Our Savior was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, without a human father. When Mary questioned how she —a virgin could be pregnant, the angel Gabriel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) The Creator of the universe, the eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords temporarily laid aside his glory and became a helpless baby, born in poverty to a teen-aged girl. “...though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:6-8)
In his humanity, he would become tired, thirsty, hungry, physically weak, be abandoned by his closest friends; beaten mercilessly, hated and crucified by an angry mob. He would also be tempted to sin, just as we are—but without sin. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) His human body died, as we all will die. After three days in a borrowed tomb, he rose from the dead in a physical, human body, though one that was made perfect and no longer subject to weakness, disease, or death. Yet at no time during his life on earth, did Jesus ever cease to be God or abandon his divine nature. He was the incarnate Son of God.
“Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation? Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations? Did you know that your Baby Boy is Heaven’s perfect Lamb? The sleeping Child you’re holding is the great I am?”
Have you thought about the cost of our salvation to Jesus?
Prayer: Lord Jesus help me to resist temptation as you did.
- Carol Nahm
Carol and husband Chris, a local OBGYN, relocated to Cookeville from Phoenix in search of four seasons and a slower pace of life. They've been at the River since 2009. Carol serves as a lay-counselor at The River where she started the Stephen Ministry and now leads Mending the Soul, a ministry for victims of sexual and domestic abuse.