Reflections – Luke 1:34

Vol. 2 No. 51 – 12-17-2017

And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34

An unmarried teen-age girl does not challenge that she would become pregnant; she simply questions the event because it is outside her understanding of how these things happen. Yet, she would experience the reality of the event.

There are many present day church “theologians” and seminaries that simply dismiss or ignore this part of the Christmas miracle. After all, the virgin birth of Jesus is a scientific impossibility; a theological superfluity. That is not surprising, think of the idiots who call themselves The Jesus Seminar. We live in a culture where the Scriptures are often presented as unreliable. Not scientific; therefore, not valid (even a major Southern Baptist church pastor in the area where I live espoused that not all of Scripture is reliable because it is not scientifically provable; thousands of church members had to listen to his drivel, and many of his “study books” are still being used in the churches!).

The Bible is fully reliable and trustworthy.

The Apostles Creed states: “Conceived by the Holy Spirit  . . . born of the virgin Mary.” The Creed was not written by the apostles; it was written as a summary of what the first century followers of Jesus believed, reflected upon, and experienced; it is what Jesus believed, taught, and preached consistently throughout his ministry. Without the virgin birth, Christianity becomes nothing other than a social club.

Can you imagine the gossip? A virgin giving birth to a baby? Sure. Teens always come up with some kind of story to cover up their transgressions. Joseph had to be the father.

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

The Son of God:

  • Born of a virgin
  • Hungered and ate; thirsted and drank
  • Slept, yet did not slumber
  • Wept, after all He created the lachrymal duct
  • Made the tree His cross
  • Died, yet is ever-living
  • Savior of the world

Believers and leaders need to be careful they do not disparage truth; to take away what God has said. When a believer or leader does disparage the truth, it voids their integrity, does damage to the hearer, and causes our Lord to weep.

He inherited all things by death; yet they were His before by inherent right. What else can we do but bow in reverence before such a stupendous miracle! – F.B. Meyer


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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

December 17, 2017

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