Je­sus was born of a vir­gin and had one true fa­ther

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I know you Chris­tians say Je­sus was born of a vir­gin, but where did that idea come from? Even if I be­lieved in God (which I’m not sure I do), I’d have a hard time be­liev­ing this.

Only one per­son knew for cer­tain that Mary was a vir­gin — and that was Mary her­self. Later Joseph (to whom she was be­trothed) came to know it also, through an an­gel. The an­gel told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, be­cause what is con­ceived in her is from the holy spirit” (Matthew 1:20).

Mary and Joseph were just as fa­mil­iar with the facts of life as we are. But they also re­al­ized some­thing was hap­pen­ing that had never hap­pened be­fore: God alone would be the child’s fa­ther. In other words, this child would be ab­so­lutely unique — not only be­cause he would be born of a vir­gin, but be­cause he would be both fully man and fully God. God was com­ing to live among us!

Why did he come? The Bi­ble says Je­sus came into the world for one rea­son: to pro­vide the way for us to be cleansed of our sins and be­come part of God’s fam­ily for­ever. He didn’t come just to show us how to live; he came to of­fer us the great­est gift we could ever re­ceive — the gift of sal­va­tion. And this gift can be ours, as we turn to Christ and by faith re­ceive him into our hearts and lives.

As this Christ­mas ap­proaches, I pray you will look at Je­sus — as he is re­vealed in the pages of the New Tes­ta­ment — with an open heart and mind. When you do, you’ll dis­cover not only that God is real, but that he loves you and wants to trans­form your life.

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