Central Baptist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon

  
VIRGIN BORN
Matthew 1:18-25
 
Matthew 1:18-25 -  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto  him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24  Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25  And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
 
          It is no accident that the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel is devoted to establishing both the regal humanity and deity of Jesus Christ, for apart from Jesus’ being both human and divine, there is no Gospel.
          
          The whole superstructure of Christian theology is built on this fact.  The essence and power of the Gospel is that God became man and that, by being both wholly God and man.  He was able to reconcile men to God.
 
          His virgin birth, substitutionary death, resurrection, ascension, and return are all integral parts of His deity.  They stand and fall together.  To reject one aspect of His deity is to reject the entire Gospel.
 
          If I can believe He worked supernatural miracles
          If I can believe He supernaturally rose from the grave then why should I not believe that He was supernaturally born of a virgin?
         
          If this is not true - even the moral teachings of Jesus would not be true.  If He misrepresented who He was by preposterously claiming equality with God, how could anything else He said be trusted?
 
          After establishing Jesus’ human lineage from David, Matthew proceeded to show His “divine lineage”.  He gave to us at least five (5) distinct truths about the virgin birth of Christ. 
 
          We will see the virgin birth conceived, confronted, clarified, connected, and consummated.
          Let’s look at these facts :
 
I.  THE VIRGIN BIRTH CONCEIVED
 
Matthew 1:18 -  “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”
 
          Seventeen (17) verses are given to listing Jesus’ human genealogy - while only part of one (1) verse is use to give us His divine genealogy.
 
          In His divinity, He “descended” from God by a miraculous and never-repeated act of the Holy Spirit.
 
          “Birth” is the same word as “genealogy” found in V.1 - indicating to us that Matthew is here giving a parallel account of Jesus’ ancestry - this time from His Father’s side.
          The miracle of the virgin birth was not in the actual birth, but the conception of Jesus’ earthly body.
          God had already performed many supernatural births :
Sarah - Isaac
Hannah - Samuel
Elizabeth - John
 
          Why the virgin birth incarnation?

          Folks God never does anything without good reason, and scripture gives us at least ten (10) excellent  reasons for the incarnation :
 
1.  The incarnation revealed to us the invisible God
 
John 14:9 -  “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”
 
2.  The incarnation fulfills prophecy
 
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.”
 
3.  The incarnation guarantees the Davidic Covenant
 
Luke 1:31-33 -  “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his  kingdom there shall be no end.”
 
4.  The incarnation was for the purpose of making a sacrifice for our sins
 
Hebrews 2:9 -  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
 
5.  The incarnation reconciles man to God
 
Hebrews 2:17 -  “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might  be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
 
6.  The incarnation provides an example for believers
 
I Peter 2:21 -  “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
 
7.  The incarnation provides the believer with a high priest
 
Hebrews 2:17 -  “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,”
 
8.  The incarnation destroyed the devil and his works
 
Hebrews 2:14 -  “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

9.  The incarnation heals the brokenhearted
 
Luke 4:18 -  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,”
 
10.  The incarnation glorifies the Father
 
John 13:31 -  “Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.”
 
          Sexual purity is highly regarded in scripture.  God places great value on sexual abstinence outside of marriage and sexual fidelity within marriage.
          Mary’s virginity protected more than her own moral character, reputation, and the legitimacy of Jesus’ birth.  It protected the very nature of the divine Son of God.
 
II.  THEN WE SEE THE VIRGIN BIRTH CONFRONTED
 
Matthew 1:19-20 -  “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
 
       For the very reason that he was a righteous man - Joseph had a double problem - at least in his own mind :
 
1.  Because of his righteous and moral standards - he could not go through with the marriage because of Mary’s pregnancy. 
 
          He was not the father - so she’s been unfaithful.
 
2.  Because of his righteous love and kindness he could not bear the thought of shaming Mary publicly.
 
          The law even said put her to death!
 
          He had been shamed but his concern is not so much for himself as it is for Mary.
          Because he loved her he decided to “put her away secretly”.
 
          He was going to secretly divorce her.
 
          While he considered all this :
 
Matthew 1:20 -  “Behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
 
          No matter what the world might say, the testimony of scripture stands :  “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit!”
 
III.  THEN THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS CLARIFIED
 
Matthew 1:21 -  “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
 
          Joseph will only be a foster father.
 
          Joseph was instructed to name Him “Jesus”.
 
          “Jesus” -   Joshua, Jeshua which means “Jehovah will save!”
 
          By His own work He would “save His people from their sins.”
 
IV.  THEN THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS CONNECTED
 
Matthew 1:22-23 -  “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
 
          Matthew repeatedly uses the phrase “might be fulfilled” to indicate ways Jesus and His ministry were fulfillment’s of O.T. prophecy :
 
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.”
 
Isaiah 9:6-7 -  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
 
          The name of the Son born to a virgin would be Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us.”
 
          The fact that a virgin shall be with child is marvelous - a pregnant virgin!
          But equally marvelous is that she shall call His name Immanuel!
 
V.  THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS CONSUMMATED
 
Matthew 1:24-25 -  “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
 
          Joseph immediately obeyed, doing as the angel of the Lord commanded him.
         
          Today you need to do as Joseph did!
 
          As the Holy Spirit of God is speaking to you, you need to obey and do as He is calling you to do!