Ok, the Christmas story is about God sending his son into the world. But if you and I were God I’d almost guarantee we would form a think tank to come up with better ways to introduce Jesus to the world. We’d have a marketing team that would begin advertising 6 months in advance of his arrival. We’d hang banners on the walls of Jerusalem in an attempt to whet the appetite of the people. We’d have an advance team who would scout out the best place to set up Jesus’ headquarters. We would be setting up appointments with the movers and shakers of Israel – getting them on board to support the agenda Jesus would have upon his arrival. But God did none of those things!
Instead God found a young virgin girl in small town Israel. He chose by the miracle of a virgin birth to send his son into this world. Talk about risky! A baby’s survival is completely dependent upon their parent in the early years. A young child can’t strike out on their own and even if they did who would listen to a child. It seems like a lot of unnecessary trouble and effort in order to bring Jesus into this world by a virgin birth. So why? Why did God choose this method and this miracle as the way to bring his son into this world? He did so because no mere human was qualified to redeem us from our sins.
When Adam sinned in the Garden, he became broken. His innocence was broken, his relationship with God was broken, even his relationship with his wife was broken. That’s what sin does – it breaks us and everything in our lives. But Adam passed along his sinful spiritual condition to all his children and they in turn passed it on to their children. So that every person that’s ever been born into this world since Adam has been born in sin. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—Romans 5:12
That means everyone who has ever been born has been broken. In effect, we are all living on the island of misfit toys. We are born into brokenness. Our families are broken, our relationships and our world is broken. I’m broken and so are you. Just pay attention to the headlines. We’re living in a world that is broken – it’s not working. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that. Since we are sinners and broken living in a broken world we are helpless to fix ourselves. Oh, we give it our best efforts – but we and the world we live in needs more than band-aids and super glue. It’s impossible for us to pick up all the shattered pieces and glue them back together. Without an intervention – we’re stuck on the island of misfit toys.
The only way sinful mankind can ever be delivered from their sins – the only way a broken world and people can be fixed – is through the sacrifice of a sinless man – God’s Son – Jesus Christ.
That’s what the virgin birth is all about. God had to send his sinless and perfect son into this world. Because Jesus was virgin born he was sinless. knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18,19
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus did what broken sinful mankind could never do and has never done. He died in our place, so that we could be made whole again. Without the virgin birth, there is no Savior. Without the virgin birth, there is no salvation. Without the virgin birth, there is no Christmas, or any other reason to celebrate. So you see, that’s why God chose the virgin birth – so our broken lives could be made new again! The virgin birth makes it possible for us to escape our brokenness and the island of misfit toys.