(Post 3 of a series of 3)
We’ve been in a series of posts on the matter of why we should believe in the virgin birth. With the two previous posts, we’ve learned that we should believe in the virgin birth because scripture and Bible prophecy demand it. Now, with this third and last post, we’re going to see that logic also demands it.
Can you name the problem with any man fathering a child? It’s the fact that a sinner can only produce another sinner. This has been the tragic, vicious cycle that mankind has been in since the moment Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and became a sinner.
When Adam impregnated Eve that first time, perhaps he hoped that the baby would not bear the marks of his sin. Sadly, though, it surely wasn’t too long into Cain’s life before Adam realized how ruined his race was. Cain came complete with the inborn nature of a sinner, and that meant that Cain, like his mother and father, was marked for death.
The Bible plainly teaches that sin brings death, and so the moment Cain was born the clock began ticking on his mortality. But it wasn’t just Cain who was born as a sinner ultimately headed for a grave. All of Adam’s other sons and daughters shared in this same fate because they were all products of their daddy’s sin-tainted seed. Then, of course, as Adam’s sons grew up one by one, they themselves took wives and fathered children. But all of those children (Adam’s grandchildren) were born sinners as well.
And so it went, on and on, down through the ages. Why? Because it is an irrevocable, unchangeable fact that a sinner can only father another sinner. Romans 5:12 puts it this way: “just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned.”
Now, it is with this in mind that I want you to put yourself in the place of God. You’ve got to get a Savior into this world, a Savior who will die for all the sins of the world. To die for those sins that Savior must Himself be completely without sin.
But how could any baby be born into the human race without passing through and coming under the taint of sin? How could a sinless child be conceived in a mother’s womb when every potential father on planet Earth was a sinner? I’ll tell you how: the virgin birth.
The man in the male-female, biological relationship would have to bypassed altogether. And that’s just what God did. Luke 1:35 lets us see as far as we can see into the mystery of the virgin birth. That verse says: “And the angel (Gabriel) answered and said to her (Mary), ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.'”
You see, there had to be something miraculous and supernatural about Christ’s birth. He simply couldn’t be the seed of Joseph and yet still be sinless and perfect. As fine a man as Joseph was, he was defective material. He was a sinner, a sinner who could only father another sinner. That’s why Christ’s birth had to be different. Really, when you come at it from a doctrinal standpoint, the virgin birth was only logical.