By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
In today’s world, if your 13 year-old daughter told you she was pregnant—well, we all know how that would rock our world.What’s more, she insisted she was still a virgin.
Two thousand years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for young women to be wed at such an early age. But can you imagine the shock of Mary’s mother when Mary told her she was still a virgin.
Bring us back to today’s world and it would certainly be hard to fathom how a virgin could become pregnant. It would have to be some type of miracle.
Indeed. More than 2,000 years ago, God bestowed upon the virgin Mary a miracle of a son, who would become our savior.
Luke 2 tells of the birth of Jesus: 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Glory in the Highest.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Through the miracle birth of a virgin, God sent his son, Jesus, to this earth, offering the gift of eternal life to all those who believe in him.
That’s what faith is all about—believing that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. Believing in the miracles he performed during his life. And utmost, believing that he died on the cross to redeem each and every one of us from sin.
Jesus is indeed our savior, if we accept him into our lives. He is always there for us—in times of sorrow, in times of joy; in times of trial, in times of triumph.
What a miracle the Lord bestowed upon us with the birth of the Christ Child!