The Necessity of the Unique Birth of Christ

Birth of Christ - in the MangerIsaiah 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.”

People everywhere love cute babies. Years ago, there was One Baby that was unlike any other. Jesus was that unique Baby. It is His unique birth and life that Christians celebrate each year around this time. Christmas is a time when people are reminded of what God did in order to save the human race, and God’s perfect plan started with a little Baby in a manger.

The above prophecy in the Bible concerning the unique birth of Christ was given about 700 years prior to Jesus’ birth. It is important because it reveals how God was going to save mankind. Her revealed exactly what He would do a little at a time and this verse is an important one. Without Christ’s unique birth, no one could be saved. God was going to cause a woman – a virgin – to conceive without the aid of a man.

Why was this so important? The Bible gives us three main reasons:

  1. Because all mankind has sinned, and we all must answer for our sin.

Romans 5:12 tells us: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Notice that this verse specifically states that there is a curse of death on all men, and apparently, the sin nature was passed from parent to child through the earthly father. Therefore, if Christ had a sin nature, He would have had to answer for His own sin – and could not have saved anyone else in that case. The Virgin Birth eliminated this problem.

  1. Because only God could pay such an eternal debt for all of mankind.

We are told this in Isaiah 53:6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This verse declares that God would put the penalty of all our sin on Christ, and He would pay for them all for us. This picture was continually repeated as the sacrifice of the lamb in Bible times.

  1. Because God was going to come Himself and be born of Mary.

Notice that the Name of this Child will be Immanuel, which means “God with us.” This Name was repeated in Matthew 1:23: “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.”

The text verse (Isaiah 7:14), makes it very plain that Jesus Christ was no ordinary man. When people ask Who is Jesus Christ?, the Bible answers with a very clear statement that He was God, born of a virgin, to become a Sacrifice for us all. He was God, but He received a human body from Mary, and He became the God-Man so that He might become our Savior.

Now that He has done everything necessary for your salvation, it is left up to you to receive this great gift from God. God tells us, in John 3:16 that: “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.” No matter what other gifts you might receive during this Christmas season, there is no greater Gift than the One God has given in Jesus Christ. You need to receive it today. Confess your need to Him that you need saving and forgiveness, and call on Christ today.

If you would like to learn more about what Christ did and the salvation He provided for you, be sure to download my free booklet entitled: How to Be Saved and Know It (no log-in required, PDF). It explains Bible salvation in clear detail.

Merry Christmas,
Mike Valles, Evangelist

Does the Bible Really Teach Salvation by Good Works?

The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God
The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God

Many people believe that God offers salvation to those who work hard for it. This concept is taught by a large number of religious leaders all over the world.

The idea, some think, is that if the good deeds outweigh the bad, then God will overlook the sin and receive them into Heaven. While most people believe this, this way of salvation is not found anywhere in the Bible.

Part of the problem as to why it is believed is because so few people actually care enough about their soul to discover the truth – Bible truth. So, they leave it up to religious leaders to present it to them – and they hope the leader really knows. Unfortunately, when the blind lead the blind…

Now, I am not trying to be overly critical, but I do want you to know the truth that can save your soul. The Bible does make it very plain to those who really want the truth. This is why Jesus said, in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

This freedom that Christ spoke of is not some fleeting feeling or mere religious idea that has no real value in this life. Instead, it is a real knowledge that your sins are forgiven because of a very real transaction that took place between you and God.

What is the truth that sets you free from sin and its eternal penalty? There are several elements to it, but it is not difficult to understand. After all, God has told us that He wants to save all people.

The first essential truth that must be understood is that God tells us we all are sinners. There are no exceptions. The Bible says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10); and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Of course, this includes both me and you.

The next thing to be understood is that sin sends the sinner to Hell. A holy God cannot let sin into Heaven. He also is just and the Judge of all. His Word, in Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death…” The word “death” in this verse is a reference to eternal death, or Hell.

The sin of every human is written in God’s books. There is no sin left out. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus tells His disciples that: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Jesus told them that even the “idle words,” the words carelessly spoken are all written down!

The next thing to know is that no good work can erase a single sin! It does not matter what type of work it is – religious works included! It needs to be realized, that if salvation could be obtained by being good, then it would have been totally unnecessary for Christ to die on the cross!

The Bible makes it clear that no one has ever been saved by being good. Sin condemns us all! We are told in Ephesians 2:8,9 that: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Did you see that part where it says “not of works”?

When God sent Christ to die for us, it was because there was no other way to erase our sins and let us go to Heaven! Our sin demanded both physical and spiritual death. The next important truth is to understand that Christ’s blood was the payment for what we owed. The sinless Son of God became our Substitute, and His sacrifice was sufficient to obtain our forgiveness and freedom from such a penalty.

Christ died and rose again to not only pay our debt of sin, but also to reveal that the debt was fully paid! If not, He would not have come out of the grave!

Now, I mentioned a “transaction” earlier in this post. Here it is – don’t miss it. Christ’s payment for sin is not to be taken lightly. God offers forgiveness to those who are sorry for their sin and want to turn from it.

The final truth necessary for salvation, which will make you“free”, or “saved,” is that you need to personally go to God in prayer and admit to Him your sin and sinfulness. Confess that you are worthy of His wrath and damnation, but that you know that Christ paid for your sin. Ask Him to forgive you and to save you right now on the basis of what Christ did for you, and He will save you this very moment!

Consider these verses:

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
John 3:16,17 “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

By making salvation so easy to obtain, anyone can get saved. God loves you and He wants to save you. This is, however, the only way.

Have you asked Him to save you today? I hope and pray that you have. The freedom comes because you know your sins are forgiven and that you are on your way to Heaven.

For an Eternity with God,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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