Christmas 2014 - Five Amazing Births

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Christmas Message

2014 - Central Baptist Church

FIVE AMAZING BIRTHS

INTRODUCTION:

Everybody loves a birthday. We celebrate them on a regular basis. Even though some us no longer admit to our birthdays, we secretly enjoy the attention we receive. We enjoy our children's birthdays. Some of us even enjoy our grandchildren's birthdays. In the academies of our various ministries, the children liked to celebrate their birthdays at school. We would sing Happy Birthday to them and would then help them enjoy a treat the mother had sent to school for them. Older people enjoy their birthdays also.

Some birthdays are extra special. Wasn't the thirteenth birthday special? We became teenagers! What an accomplishment! The sixteenth birthday was also one we really looked forward to because, when we turned 16, we could get our driver's licenses. Different states have different laws relating to the minimum age for obtaining a drivers license; but where we grew up, it was 16. We used to look forward to our twenty-first birthdays because it meant that we would be legally of age and would have the right to vote. Now it is the 18th birthday. Some of us even thought it would mean that our parents could no longer boss us around, but it didn't necessarily work that way.

The Bible has some things to say about birthdays also, and in this message we want to consider five amazing births discussed in the Bible. Can you think of all five of them?

There was -

I. A BIRTH INVOLVING NEITHER A HUMAN FATHER NOR A HUMAN MOTHER

Genesis 1:26-27 - (26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 2:7 - (7) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Adam did not have a human father or a human mother. God used no human being when He brought Adam into being.

There was also -

II. A BIRTH INVOLVING NO HUMAN MOTHER

Genesis 2:18-23 - (18) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet [i.e. a help suitable] for him. (19) And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (20) And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet [i.e. a help suitable] for him. (21) And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; (22) And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (23) And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

God used only a man when he brought Eve into being. She had no human mother.

Next, there is -

III. A BIRTH INVOLVING BOTH A HUMAN FATHER AND A HUMAN MOTHER

Genesis 1:28 - (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 4:1 - (1) And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

Psalms 127:3-5 - (3) Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (4) As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. (5) Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

God used both a man and a woman when He brought you into being. You had both a human father and a human mother.

IV. A BIRTH INVOLVING NO HUMAN FATHER

1. Its Prediction

Isaiah 7:14 - (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.

2. Its Announcement

Luke 1:26-38 - (26) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind [i.e. was considering or kept pondering] what manner of salutation [i.e. greeting] this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) 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 [i.e. the Son of God]: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David [i.e. He will be the Messiah]: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

3. Its Fulfillment

Matthew 1:18-25 - (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. (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 [i.e. to divorce her secretly]. (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 [i.e. Do not begin to fear] 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.

4. Its purpose

I Timothy 1:15 - (15) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

God the Holy Spirit was responsible for Mary's conceiving Jesus in her womb. Jesus had a human mother but did not have a human father.

V. THE NEW BIRTH

John 3:1-7 - (1) There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: (2) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (3) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (4) Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 3:16 - (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 1:11-13 - (11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

CONCLUSION:

All five of these births were miraculous. God created Adam out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. God created Eve out of one of Adam's ribs. God created you, using your father and your mother, but His bringing you into existence was just as miraculous as His creation of Adam and Eve. God the Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Mary; and Jesus, God the Son, was conceived as a human being in her womb. Of course, the new birth is also miraculous. God causes those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior to be born again. It is a second birth, a spiritual birth in which we receive new, sinless, Christlike natures.

Have you received this new birth?

Have you received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?