Advent Prophecies - Born of a Virgin
The Old Testament prophecies pointing to the birth of Jesus are incredible. Over 300 of them came true. Think about this for a second. The probability of 300+ prophecies written hundreds of years before they happened coming true would be something like one in a zillion chances. It would be like filling the entire state of Texas with gold coins up to your knees. Then you are dropped into Texas, reach down, and pick up that exact coin. How improbable is that! Yet this example is akin to 300 plus prophecies being fulfilled in specificity written hundreds of years before their fulfillment. It’s yet another reason to have absolute confidence in the authority of God’s Word. Here is another Advent prophecy: Jesus being born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This was released 500 plus years before it happened! The Messiah would be born of a virgin. Matthew 1:18 proves it. Joseph receives the news from an angel of Mary’s pregnancy and is seen wrestling with how on earth that could be possible. They were not married nor had experienced intimacy in their relationship. The Virgin Birth is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith. It simply can’t be cast aside by those who oppose the supernatural. Nor can it be dumbed down by those who have tried to deny its importance over the years. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, conceived Jesus. He bypassed the normal, biological way sin is transmitted (Psalm 51:5) and created the perfect God/man in Mary’s womb. Salvation had to be done this way. Jesus had to be perfectly God to forgive our sins on the cross. He had to be perfectly man to substitute himself for us and for our sin. The Son of God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit. Born of a virgin. To save the world. The miracle of all miracles!