Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vergin' on the impossible

I heard a great talk today from Luke 1:26–45—where the angel visits Mary to tell her she’s going to give birth to Jesus.

The speaker pointed out that people have often dismissed this as impossible. And judging from her response—“How will this be, since I am a virgin?”—Mary herself thinks it a fairly unlikely event.

Indeed there have been plenty of people who have dismissed Christianity completely because it’s impossible for Jesus to have been ‘born of a virgin’.

However, as reproductive technology improves it can’t be too long before a virgin could conceive with the help of Science, rather than the Holy Spirit. So, the speaker’s point was, if it’s nearly possible for people, why couldn’t it be possible for God?

But the real point of the story is not the virgin birth—that’s just a fact—it’s that Jesus

“will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:32–33