The Infinite Jesus
Read | Philippians 2:5-11
The virgin birth of Jesus is a miracle, but it does not mark His beginning. Christ existed long before He was born in Bethlehem. As John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus] and Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Debating the scientific probability of the virgin birth seems rather pointless when we’re talking about the firstborn of creation by whom all things were created (Col. 1:15-16). It isn’t logical to say, “I believe in Jesus” or “I believe in God” and then reject the fact of Mary’s virginity. The God of the Bible is certainly capable of causing such a miracle. And that is exactly what He did. Jesus laid aside His glory, was born a human, and carried out the Father’s redemption plan (Phil. 2:6-11).
If Jesus had come to earth still wrapped in His glory, no one would have been able to look directly at Him. Divine radiance is too great for human eyesight—which is the same reason Moses had to be protected from seeing anything more than God’s back as He passed by (Ex. 33:18-33). But what Jesus didn’t set aside was His deity. He was fully man so that He could experience temptation, pain, and sorrow and thereby know how we feel. Yet He was also fully God, and He came to earth to show us what the Father is like (John 14:9).
Jesus was born of a virgin woman. Those two words convey a wealth of information about His dual nature on earth. One tells of His divinity; the other, His humanity and ability to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15). It adds up to an eternal Savior who looks on us with mercy and love.
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