SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

THE VIRGIN BIRTH (6 OF 15)

by Clarence E. Macartney


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The Virgin Birth (6 of 15)
The Faith Once Delivered
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 1:34, 37


Without God the Virgin Birth was impossible; but with God it was not only possible, but a historic fact, one of the great foundation truths upon which stands the glorious structure of the Christian faith.

The first doubter, although in a quite different spirit from that of more recent doubters, was the Virgin Mother-to-be herself. When the angel came to her at Nazareth and told her that she was to bring forth a son whose name would be Jesus, she was espoused to Joseph but not yet wedded to him. It was not strange, then, that the amazed damsel wondered how this could come to pass; how, not yet married, she could give birth to a child. "How shall this be?" she said. Gabriel answered, "The Holy Spirit 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." Then he proceeded to tell her that her cousin Elisabeth, far advanced in age, was going to bear a child, "for with God nothing shall be impossible." That was the angel's answer to the wonder and doubt of Mary. It is God's answer to all wondering and doubt about the Virgin Birth of His Son, our Savior. "With God nothing shall be impossible." How that Virgin Birth came to pass we are told in the lovely narratives of Matthew and Luke.

Objections to the Virgin Birth For some reason the doctrine of the Virgin Birth has been singled out for unbelief more than any other fact in the life of our Savior. Just why, it would be difficult to tell. It is, indeed, a miracle, but no greater miracle than the resurrection of Christ from the dead. And yet many who accept the Incarnation, that God became man, and who seem to have no trouble with other facts in the life of Jesus, stumble at the doctrine of the Virgin Birth. What are some of the alleged reasons for its rejection?

The first one is that the Virgin Birth is fou ...

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