The Wonder of the Virgin Birth
December 11, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Passage: Luke 1:28–1:36
In this sermon podcast, Pastor Brent unfolds 4 “theological implications” of the virgin birth that infuse our Christmas season with a Christ-honoring essence.
The Christmas season is filled with festive decor. Lights, decorations, trees, food, parties and gifts add a festive element to the entire month of December. This festive decor adds a joyful aspect to the celebration of Christmas, however it can also be very dangerous.
The festive decor of Christmas can become the essence of one’s Christmas celebration leaving Christ out altogether. Often the festive decor of Christmas only becomes the external trappings that wrap a theologically deficient view of the babe in the manger.
How do I as a Christian make Christ the center of my Christmas? How will my Christmas season be filled with an eternal joy only found in Christ that does not end in disappointment or discouragement?
At the center of the Christmas season we must find the truth that God became a man. Yes, the eternal Son of God would stoop into the creation and take on humanity! The implications of this gloriously humiliating act will provide the Christmas season with a rich essence that will never discourage or end in disappointment.
However, to truly understand the meaning of the incarnation we must drill deeper and unpack the implications of the virgin birth. The virgin birth is the means by which God became a man. It is the means by which the eternal Son of God took on human flesh. With utter amazement, we ponder into the virgin birth to learn how this glorious aspect of the incarnation assures that God’s plan of redemption will be accomplished. Ultimately, salvation is dependent on the glorious miracle of Christ’s virgin birth and its deep theological implications.