One of the questions asked at Christmas is, “Was Jesus really born of a virgin?”
Is this an important question? Some say no. They say they do not need to believe that Jesus was born of a virgin to believe that he is the Savior.
But the virgin birth matters a great deal, for at least three reasons.
First, the prophets said the virgin birth would be a messianic sign:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
In the history of the world, there have been billions of births but only one virgin birth. The virgin birth proves that God is with us and not against us (Matt. 1:23). It proves that Jesus came from holy God and not sinful Adam.
Second, John the Baptist said Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Jesus could only do that if he came from outside the world. A sinful son of Adam could not carry our…