In the “Christian” world, this time of year generates celebrations, holidays, fasts and even feasts. At the root of all this is a man who was more than a man: Jesus Christ.
During the month of April, this blog will focus on different titles of Jesus. This man of multiple titles and names is the central figure of “Christianity” and the Holy Bible.
Jesus didn’t come to Earth start a new religion; he came to give new life. His purpose on earth had nothing to do with making a name for himself and everything to do with offering a new name to all of humankind.
As we approach Easter, this blog will focus on the One who conquered death, hell and the grave. After all, every Sunday is resurrection day and a chance for God’s children to rejoice. Our final enemy, Death, relinquished its power when Jesus rose from the dead.
This first blog will focus on the illusive title for Jesus that has been called into question more than most. Jesus is the Seed of a Woman. In fact, if he had not been wrought from only a woman’s seed, he could never have been our Savior.
Hundreds of years before Jesus arrived wrapped in flesh, God made a promise to His chosen people, Israel. He told them the sign they should look for to usher in their Messiah. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son” (Isaiah 7:14) God said.
Some newer translation of the Holy Bible render the word “virgin” simply as “young woman.” The vessel that would bring forth this promised seed was not just a young woman or maid. She was a pure and innocent maiden who had never had sexual relations with a man.
Why is this distinction important? If Mary was not a virgin, Christ’s deity would be questionable. Scoffers claim it is impossible for a virgin to give birth because the maidenhead is intact obscuring the birth canal.
“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
The seed of man became corrupted with Adam’s fall from grace. Adam’s sin nature was passed on to his offspring.
Jesus was incorruptible. Therefore, his conception had to happen differently. Mary was a little confused by this, as well. She asked Gabriel about it when he informed her she had been chosen to carry and bear the Messiah.
“The Holy Ghost will come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” (Luke 1:35) Gabriel explained. No sinful seed of man would have anything to do with this conception. Jesus was the one and only to be born from a woman’s seed.
If Jesus had been born from the seed of man, he would not have been able to fulfill his purpose. His death would be required to pay for his own sins – the penalty for sin passed down from Adam (Romans 5:12).
Since Jesus had no earthly father, he didn’t inherit the sin nature. As long as he committed no transgressions, his eventual death could buy humanity back to their original state of perfection.
People can debate the impossibility of Jesus’ virgin birth (and they will), but their lack of faith changes nothing. God created a woman’s womb and He had the ability to circumvent natural avenues. For the Creator, nothing is impossible.
Jesus Christ was born of a woman – an innocent woman. God promised it would be so centuries before it happened.
Jesus’ heritage as the only virgin-born child placed him in a position to fulfill the Father’s requirements for a perfect sacrifice.
Up next week – Jesus: Son of Man