The Virgin Birth
Today’s Reading: Luke 1
Key Verse: Luke 1:34-35
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God…”
Alternating our daily readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) to the Greek Scriptures (New Testament) is for balance. Luke, the physician (Col. 4:14), gleans his material as a journalist would, from personal interviews. He was the assistant to Paul, and as such, would’ve had at least two years in Palestine while Paul was in prison. No doubt he interviewed Mary, the mother of Jesus, the family of John the Baptist and many others during those two years. If we believe there is a Creator God who is involved in His creation, then it’s no problem for Him to perform ongoing miraculous acts. The conception of Jesus is such an act. The Scripture makes it very clear that Mary had not known a man sexually. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He had no earthly biological father. Therefore, He was uniquely “The Son of God.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Thank You, Father God, that You, by the agency of the Holy Spirit, caused the conception of Your only begotten Son, Jesus. Even as Zacharias, Elizabeth and Mary were moved to proclaim Your magnificent message, I, too, proclaim Your greatness with all my heart, soul and mind. Speak through me Holy Spirit. I’m available for Your purposes. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Dr. Silverthorne was a frequent guest on the 100 Huntley Street TV program. He was a research pediatrician at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto (Sick Kids). At the very start of his career, he was an assistant to Banting and Best, the discoverers of insulin. He gave the very first civilian injection of penicillin to a dying 12-year-old boy. I’ve met that boy who is now a medical doctor. Dr. Silverthorne erected the very first oxygen tent at Sick Kids Hospital and developed the vaccine for whooping cough. He announced on live TV, “No woman ever came into my office who was pregnant and said, ‘I know not a man.’” God met Dr. Silverthorne at a 1950s Billy Graham meeting and the doctor’s life was transformed. He became an outspoken believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He believed in the virgin birth, and so do I.
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