Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

The Virgin Birth Part 3


And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  And, behold ,thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto  Him the throne of His father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;  and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall  this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  -  Luke 1:30-35 

In part I and part II of this wonderful series, “The Virgin Birth!”  I share the Scriptures that speak about the prophecy of this marvelous event.  In part one I discussed “The Incarnation!”  Then in part two, I discussed the “Preexistence” of Jesus Christ.  The Scripture text I used to explain this point is taken from the Gospel of John 1: 1-3.  Today we will discuss part three of this exciting series. 

“Our Redeemer” 

From the time Adam sinned and man died spiritually, God and man was spiritually separated.  In sending Jesus, God wrought for us His wonderful plan of redemption. 

The redemption of man originated with God.  Man was a broken, helpless slave without resources.  He was in the hands of an enemy (Satan) who ruled him without mercy, and who had the authority to cast him into hell.  Only God can provide a redeemer for man. 

The redeemer had to be adequate to meet every demand of justice and also every need of man.  He had to be powerful enough to conquer Satan, and bring eternal life to broken, enslaved humanity.  Man was in no position to redeem himself.  The Redeemer had to become His Substitute. 

The Redeemer could not be an angel, a disembodied spirit or any special being created for the occasion.  Only God Himself could be the Redeemer and suffer for humanity. 

The only way this could be done was first for God’s beloved Son to lay aside the glory and majesty He had enjoyed through eternity past at the Father’s right hand, come to the earth, and assume the physical body of a man (Phil 2: 5-9). 

Once Jesus completed His earthly ministry, God took man’s sin nature and laid it upon His holy, eternal Son at the Cross (Isaiah. 53:6).  The wrath of justice against man’s sin and treason was meted out to Jesus.  He paid the wages of sin for man. 

After Jesus paid the penalty and died, He was raised from death into life.  He took the keys of death, and hell (Rev 1:18).  Then he ascended and received His glorified body. 

The Redeemer tasted death for every man so that every man might legally appropriate eternal life and become a child of God (Hebrews 2:9). 

Man’s transgression had to be atoned for – and thank God, Jesus did that for us!  He took my place and yours.  And He did it as God.  For He was virgin born and deity manifested in the flesh. 

Without the Virgin Birth – there would be no Redemption.  


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Word for Today: "Peace of God"

We’re living in an age in which fear, anxiety, and pressure are moment-by-moment realities for many people.  However, the good news is, it is possible to live each day with something the Bible calls “Peace!” In John 20: 21 Jesus said “Peace be unto you.”  Paul said in the Book of Philippians “The peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.” Please allow me to encourage you with these words: “In spite of your present circumstances, The Peace of God will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus this Christmas.”