This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:18-23 NIV
How babies come into the world is the focus of intense conversation between mommas everywhere. It matters to daddies, too. Especially if they were away on business or serving their country during the blessed event. With the details of Jesus’ birth, though, there is cause for every ear around the globe to perk up, for while we may say that this baby or that baby came to earth by way of a miracle birth, no one was born of a more miraculous means than Jesus.
Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
That Jesus was born, and how his birth came about, are details of interest to all those who believe he is the long-awaited Messiah. Our faith is fixed on his divine origins–the mingling of mortal with God. No one before Jesus could say these things about their son. No one after him will ever be able to do likewise. No one, save Jesus, is our Redeemer.
A Virgin, a Manger, a Baby; Divine!
That’s what Christmas means to us.