Tidbits of Truth
"The Greatest Gift of Christmas"
One aspect of the Christmas Story that most of us are familiar with is the fact that, “In order for Christ to come as ‘The Messiah’ (capable of restoring all that the first Adam had lost) God saw the need for Him to come to this world, ‘Virgin Born.’ This fact is first ‘specifically’ mentioned to us in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” That was why that Mary had to be a virgin when she became pregnant. And, that was also why that ‘She Was Still A Virgin’ 9 months later when the Christ Child was born. Isaiah was merely confirming what God had promised all the way back at the Garden of Eden at the time when Adam and Eve had first sinned. God foretold the serpent (Genesis 3:15): “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” On the very day that God spelled out to Adam and Eve their punishments; at the same time, He also conveyed to them (particularly to Eve) a special ‘Christmas Promise.’ It was the promise that one day the “Seed Of The Woman” would have His heel bruised by the Serpent, but at the same time, ‘Her Seed’ would also strike a death blow (crushing the head) of the serpent as well. Now I know that anybody, who knows anything about Biology 101 knows that it is the man who provides the ‘seed’ and the woman who provides the ‘egg’ in the birth of a child—BUT CHRIST WAS THE ‘ONE’ EXCEPTION TO THAT RULE! I also realize that in many ‘modern translations’ of Scripture, they have taken out the word ‘Virgin’ and replaced it with the word ‘maiden.’ But just think of the utter absurdity of that. After all, in this generation (as in every generation) ‘Maidens have continually become pregnant and had babies’—nothing new or different about that. This was why the prophet Isaiah wrote that “…a ‘Virgin’ shall conceive…”. He used the Hebrew Word ‘ha alma’ meaning ‘The Virgin’. Isaiah was saying that God would choose a virgin, and not just ‘Any Virgin’ either; for she would be: ‘The Virgin’—The Special One Of God’s Own Choosing! Moreover, Matthew (1:23) makes it abundantly clear that, Mary ‘WAS’ a virgin! “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel…” Matthew uses a particular Greek word “parthénos” to leave no doubt as to Mary’s ‘Virginity.’ For “parthenos” properly means: “a virgin; a woman who has never had sexual relations; a female (virgin), beyond puberty but not yet married.” Mary had kept herself chaste and pure ‘Before’ Joseph was betrothed to her; but she also retained her virginity for an extended period of time after they were married as well! It was not until ‘After’ she had given birth to Jesus, before her husband Joseph ever so much as touched her in any kind of sexual way! Virgin born? Without a doubt! Thus Isaiah 9:6 reminds us, “…unto us a Child is born…”—identifying the fulfillment of Mary’s role in the Christmas Account. But there’s more. For Isaiah went on to say, “…and unto us a Son is given…” meaning that in this Christmas Story, ‘Jesus’ Was ‘God’s Christmas Gift’ to each of us! And isn’t that what John 3:16 has been telling us all the time? “For God ‘SO LOVED’ this world that ‘HE GAVE’ His Only Begotten Son that ‘WHOSOEVER’ Believes upon Him ‘SHOULD NOT PERISH’ but have ‘EVERLASTING LIFE!’ Thank God For His Personal Christmas Gift To Each Of Us!***