Three keys and one lock, which key can open it? The silver key matched the silver lock; so Logic boasted this must be the key! The key holder tried but failure was his cry. The gold key was a similar shape; Reason claimed this must be the key! The key holder tried, yet failure was his cry. The third key was faith. He was rusty, odd, and strange to the untrained eye. The key holder tried and much to his surprise the odd looking thing was a skeleton key! Then the thought crossed his mind, “Only faith can see, when logic and reason are blind ”

It’s a strange story I know, but it has a practical point. Human logic can only take you so far; at some point faith will be the only key that opens the door. Point blank: Do you believe in the virgin birth of Christ? In an age of skepticism, young Millennial Christians are regularly confronted with this belief. I think the reason for this is because human logic and reason, though they may try, are unable to explain the supernatural. Another way of saying this is that the supernatural methods of God are high above the intellects of the human mind. I am unable to explain scientifically how Jesus entered the world through a virgin, and I dare wouldn’t try. I am unable to reason physiologically how this is possible, but through the eyes of faith I am introduced to the God of the impossible. You see at some point logic and reason becomes obsolete, they must be left behind. God doesn’t offer you the keys of logic and reason, he gives you the key of faith and declares this is the way.

Now, I would like to present to you three short reasons (though I am sure there are more) of why you should stand firm in faith when questioned about the virgin birth. First, if you deny the virgin birth then how can you believe in the resurrection? You are not allowed to pick and choose sections of the Bible; fragmenting belief in Scripture yields a fragmented Gospel, and that is damaging to your understanding of God. This leads to my second point; the virgin birth is the beginning of the Gospel story. I think a great number of people miss this. Christmas is not a mere celebration of a birthday; it’s the celebration of the God who comes down from heaven to save His people and that is good news. Leading into the third point, that Jesus was indeed the Son of God; to deny the virgin birth is to deny the divinity of Christ. Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus; the Scripture declares that Joseph “knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:25) Well then, how did Mary become pregnant? That’s the golden question and Scripture gives an answer…

“And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35)  

In this age of skepticism, I just want to encourage you to stand firm in your conviction of the virgin birth of Christ. Don’t try to open doors with the keys of logic and reason, use the key of faith for it says, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Remember, Christmas is a celebration of the Son of God, fully divine and fully man, breaking into human history to serve and lay down his life on the cross for the salvation of lost souls.

Merry Christmas,

G

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