BACKSTAGE AT THE MANGER
(Subtitle: THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH)
MATTHEW 1: 18 - 25
(PAGE 1409 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST came to earth to reveal and rescue. He came to
rescue us from sin. He came to do this by revealing the love of
In Rome, Italy, one of the most interesting palaces is the
Rospigliosi Palace. On the domed ceiling is the painting by
Guido Reni entitled the "Aurora." Looking up at the fresco
one's neck grows stiff and vision becomes blurred. To enable
visitors to see and appreciate the painting a large mirror has
been placed on the floor surrounded by a rail. Persons can look
in the mirror and see the work clearly. Jesus Christ, is the
mirror-image of God the Father. He came to earth to give us
occasion to glimpse what God is like. For that to be achieved
the virgin birth was essential.
JESUS CHRIST was born of a virgin.
"Oh, come on. You have got to be kidding. No way," says the
skeptic. Anybody who knows anything about nature knows that is
impossible. "Absurd, inconceivable, impossible, unthinkable,
and preposterous," says the cynic. Anybody who knows ANYTHING
about nature knows that is a ridiculous idea. Yes, but anybody
who knows anything about nature's God knows that with Him
nothing is impossible.
He who made the laws of nature did not make them as a
straight-jacket to restrain Himself but as guidelines for us.
Anybody knows anything about man knows he can't fly. Nature's
laws of gravity and inertia keep him land-bound. Well they did
until higher laws of nature called aerodynamics known only to a
limited few were applied and ...
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