Today’s Advent Devotion comes from Dayle Tate. Check back each day for a new devotion.
It seems that many people find the virgin birth to be unbelievable. If they find it plausible, they often think of it as unique, special, but unimportant. It can be treated like an interesting side fact of the incarnation. Yet, if we dig a little deeper, the revelations that come because of this aspect of Jesus’ birth can be mind-boggling!
There are those, of course, that deny its reality. Not only is it discounted, but its declaration is denounced as some kind of effort to present Jesus’ birth as supernatural. I sort of thought Jesus coming and being born as one of us was supernatural anyway.
Let me begin by asking this question: Have you ever thought it was completely unfair that all of us are born into sin just because one man, Adam, sinned? Why are we all cursed (We had no choice in this)? Why is the whole world under bondage to sin? Paul, the apostle, wrote:
Ro 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned––“
Ro 5:18 “Therefore, as through one man‘s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation…”
We are all born into the world, a cursed world, into sin because of Adam. I know many like to blame Eve and certainly she deserves blame; however, when it comes to sin nature being passed on, it all falls on Adam.
Why is that the case? Why is Adam charged and not Eve, by the apostle’s writings? There is a well-known law found in Genesis, it is call the law of the seed (Gen. 7:14). According to Genesis, everything reproduces after its own kind; this is accomplished through the seed. The seed of mankind is in the male, not the female. It is the male’s seed that passes on sin nature to each succeeding generation until our day.
We should be grateful that the woman does not pass on sin nature, as in being born into sin. We all know that sin natured mothers can manage to pass on sinful patterns, family curses, and bad or abusive issues and even genetic problems, but not sin nature. The mother contains the egg, but not the seed.
Why should we be grateful? God, in His foreknowledge, anticipated our every need. One of the greatest needs is our redemption. Since the mother does not pass on sin nature, Jesus can be born fully human, but without sin. The virgin birth accomplished this vital part of our salvation. Jesus had to be one of us, but without sin. The simple truth is that everyone fathered by a human male is born into sin nature. Jesus was not fathered by a human male, but He was born of Mary. This provided the way for the human race to be atoned for, through the legitimate and completely human substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
This explanation not only magnifies the importance of the virgin birth, it may help explain why it is that there is no salvation for the fallen angels.
Heb 2:16 “For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.”
God can become one of us through Mary without becoming like us in sin nature (I imagine that is not possible for fallen angels). Adam therefore, is responsible and why we are all born into sin. On the other hand, this also explains how it is that through one man, Jesus, we can all be born again. It was one man who got us into this problem; it is one man, Jesus Christ, who gets us out. The second verse from Romans continued:
Ro 5:18 Therefore, as through one man‘s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man‘s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Many have wondered how it is possible that through one person’s sacrifice the whole world can be saved. Well, if it is unfair that because of Adam’s sin, we all become sinners; then, it seems quite justifiable, that through one man’s righteousness we can all be saved. God set it up prior to our existence knowing that we (Adam) would fall. He provided a way to save us long before we would need it. I don’t think that God was taken by surprise when Adam and Eve fell from grace. He had planned for Jesus to save us before the foundations of the world.
Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…”
It Includes Authority & Righteous Dominion Restored!
Just as important and as much included in the virgin birth explanation, is the fact that God is working His plan of salvation without taking away our dominion. When God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth, He meant it (It was His idea). He wanted us to rule and reign with Him. The virgin birth makes a way for God to become man, legally. What this means is that Jesus’ offering of Himself is valid and based completely within the dominion He gave humanity. That dominion includes the self determination of every human being—we have choice. God didn’t take away our dominion to save us. He actually restores righteous dominion through Jesus being born into all of us. We are restored to the authority and grace we lost at the fall. This is why when we pray, declare, and call for the will of God to be done in Jesus’ name, it works.
Rom. 5:17 “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Emphasis added)
Dayle Tate is a past member of the Delanco Camp Board of Directors and is currently pastor of Lord of Lords Bible Community Church in Waretown, NJ.