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December 8, 2019
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Touching Lives with James Merritt

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  • James Merritt: Jesus is not the son of God because he died
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  • for our sins, even though he did.
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  • Jesus is not the son of God because he was morally
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  • and sinlessly pure, even though he was.
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  • All of those things are true because he was the son of God.
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  • male announcer: Teaching people everywhere who Jesus is and why
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  • they need him, this is "Touching Lives" with James Merritt.
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  • James Merritt: So I came up with this idea about a year
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  • ago that we're gonna do a series we're calling
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  • Christmas Unwrapped.
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  • Because I thought it would be a good idea that before we
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  • unwrap the Christmas gifts, maybe we ought to unwrap
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  • the gift of Christmas, maybe we ought to stop and really kinda
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  • back up and say, okay, if we were doing a class called
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  • Christmas 101, what would we be teaching?
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  • So I said you know what, I would teach three classes.
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  • We're gonna have the first one today, we're gonna talk
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  • about Christmas biology.
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  • Next week we're gonna talk about Christmas theology,
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  • and then the third week we're going to talk about Christmas
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  • doxology, but today we're gonna take that one part of Christmas
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  • that truly makes Christmas Christmas, and I will promise
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  • you, if I were teaching this in a secular university, I would
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  • be laughed at, I'd be mocked, eyes would roll, I get that.
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  • But really, the first thing that makes Christmas Christmas is
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  • the virgin birth of Jesus.
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  • So if you brought a copy of God's word today, we're
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  • in the first gospel called Matthew.
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  • We're in Matthew chapter 1.
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  • Let me kinda give you a little background.
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  • Interesting, you read the four Gospels, Mark never mentions
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  • the virgin birth, John never mentions the Virgin birth,
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  • Matthew and Luke, they go into great detail talking
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  • about the Virgin birth, and it really is fascinating that Luke
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  • does it, because Luke's a doctor.
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  • If anybody knows biology, Luke would have known back in that
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  • day all the biology there was to know, and he knew what he was
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  • saying when he talked about the virgin birth,
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  • and yet both accounts are very clear, they're unequivocal.
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  • Jesus's birth was not an ordinary birth.
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  • Jesus as a baby was not an ordinary baby.
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  • We Christians believe that his mother Mary was a virgin prior
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  • to the divine conception.
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  • Now, when you read the story, the story is really plain.
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  • He had an earthly mother, but he had a heavenly father, and every
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  • Christian, every Christmas 2 billion people around the world
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  • come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
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  • They don't just celebrate because he was born,
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  • they celebrate because of how he was born.
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  • Now, as you can imagine, as I've already said, the virgin birth
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  • is the second most controversial miracle about Jesus as we know.
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  • Of course, the first one is the resurrection, and the second
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  • one is the virgin birth.
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  • And as you could expect, scientists have attacked
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  • the virgin birth, doctors have attacked the virgin birth,
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  • gynecologists have attacked the virgin birth, philosophers
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  • have attacked the virgin birth, physiologists have attacked
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  • the virgin birth, and they even appeal to our common sense.
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  • They say, look, if you know anything about the birds
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  • and the bees, common sense tells you it is simply biologically,
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  • physiologically, scientifically impossible for a virgin
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  • to conceive.
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  • I believe the virgin birth is essential to Christianity,
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  • and when you understand Christmas biology, you're going
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  • to see why, because it's not without significance,
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  • by the way.
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  • When Matthew wrote-- Matthew was a Jew.
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  • Matthew wrote his gospel for Jewish people.
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  • It's very interesting that when Matthew wrote his gospel,
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  • the very first gospel, he starts in the very first chapter,
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  • and the first thing he wants to get out of the way before he
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  • talks about anything else about Jesus, he wants to say
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  • in effect all of his Jewish brethren,
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  • let's get one thing straight.
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  • He had a heavenly father and an earthly mother.
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  • He was born by a virgin.
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  • You need to understand he was both human and divine,
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  • and Matthew is going to tell us three things that we believe
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  • about this baby that was born 2.000 years ago.
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  • Number one, we believe Jesus was conceived by the spirit of God.
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  • We believe that Jesus was conceived by the spirit of God.
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  • Now, as Matthew describes the birth of Jesus, he really
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  • does it in a very unusual way.
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  • You're familiar with this verse, but we'll read it.
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  • This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about.
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  • "His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,
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  • but before they came together--" that is before they had
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  • sexual relations--
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  • "She was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit."
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  • Now, here's what's so unusual about that verse.
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  • If you go back to the first verse and you read start reading
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  • the gospel of Matthew, there's this long genealogy, this person
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  • begat this person, and this dad beget this son, and this dad
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  • beget that son, and that dad beget that son, and for 17
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  • verses he traces the lineage and the ancestry of Jesus,
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  • but when he comes to the birth of Jesus, he takes one verse.
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  • 17 verses that talk about how he got here from a genealogical
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  • standpoint, but then when he gets to the big bomb, he takes
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  • one verse, and he just simply says unequivocally this baby was
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  • not conceived by an earthly father.
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  • This baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
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  • And by the way, there's an even deeper problem, biologically
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  • speaking, because it's not unusual for a woman
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  • to conceive, right?
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  • All you ladies that are mothers understand that.
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  • I mean, that's what women do.
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  • It's not unusual for a woman to give birth.
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  • That's what women do.
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  • But Matthew and Luke go to great pains to make everybody
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  • understand this was not your ordinary run of the mill,
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  • average everyday woman.
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  • This woman was a virgin.
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  • As a matter of fact, back up in verse 16, recording
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  • the genealogy of Jesus, Matthew States this: "Jacob the father
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  • of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus
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  • who is called the Messiah."
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  • Now, you go back to verse one and read that genealogy, here's
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  • what you'll find: every single person listed in that genealogy,
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  • in 17 verses, every one of them had a father except Jesus.
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  • Now, if you were a Jew back in that day, you would say wait
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  • a minute.
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  • That doesn't compute.
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  • Jacob was the father of Jesus, but you're saying that Joseph
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  • was not the father--I mean Jacob was the father of Joseph,
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  • but you're saying that Joseph was not the father of Jesus.
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  • And here's why you'd have a problem as a Jew, because even
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  • today in Jewish tradition, the genealogy is traced
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  • through the father, not just the mother.
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  • But Matthew wants to be clear, Jesus did not have a human
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  • father, he had a heavenly father.
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  • And then Dr. Luke comes along,
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  • and he records Mary's response when she finds
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  • out through an angel that she's pregnant with child.
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  • Because when this angel said, Mary, you're going to have
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  • a baby.
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  • Mary said what any of you ladies would have said.
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  • "'How will this be?' Mary asked the Angel.
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  • 'I am a virgin.'
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  • The Angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you,
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  • and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.'"
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  • Now, at that point, there was something Mary knew
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  • beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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  • There is no human father.
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  • I have not had sexual relations with anybody.
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  • Now, by the way, Joseph didn't know what Mary knew, because
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  • the angel hadn't talked to Joseph yet.
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  • So the first time that Joseph sees the baby bump, he says
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  • to himself who's the daddy?
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  • 'Cause I am not the daddy.
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  • They have a problem.
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  • He wasn't mad at Mary, probably disappointed, probably really
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  • surprised, but he loved Mary, and he knew that the stoning
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  • for adultery--that the punishment for adultery
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  • with stoning.
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  • He didn't want her to be stoned.
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  • He really was tryin' to save her from public ridicule.
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  • So he said, okay, I'm just gonna kinda to put her away privately.
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  • I'm just gonna privately check out the relationship.
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  • Because there's one assumption that he made and that frankly he
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  • believed, that she's pregnant.
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  • She's not a virgin.
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  • I don't know how she lost her virginity, she didn't lose it
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  • to me, but she is not a virgin.
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  • And what he couldn't wrap his arms around at that point is no,
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  • Joseph, actually she was both.
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  • She is pregnant with child, but she is a virgin.
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  • Now, again, I get it speaking scientifically, biologically,
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  • physiologically, that seems to be an impossibility.
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  • As a matter of fact, there are scientists who have hypothesized
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  • that this was an instance of what they call
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  • parthenogenesis, you don't need to remember that word, but it's
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  • called parthenogenesis.
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  • The word parthenos means virgin, the word genesis means birth.
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  • It's just a scientific term for a virgin birth,
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  • and scientists have seen that in some places in nature There's
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  • a natural form of what's called asexual reproduction, in which
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  • the growth and development of an embryo can actually occur
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  • without fertilization.
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  • They don't understand how that happens, but it does; however,
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  • this is our problem.
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  • It's never occurred in a mammal, and it's never occurred
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  • in human.
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  • As a matter of fact, there's so many difficulties with this
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  • kind of hypothesis that Warren Booth, who is the leading expert
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  • in parthenogenesis, he teaches at the University of Tulsa.
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  • He said this: he said, "I've been asked about
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  • [the virgin birth] many times, and honestly I can come up
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  • with no feasible explanation as to how a female
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  • that has abstained from intercourse
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  • could give a birth to a child of either sex."
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  • But here's the problem, the question is not how Jesus
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  • was born, the question is how was he conceived?
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  • He was born in the same way I was born.
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  • He was born the same way you were born.
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  • The question is but how was he conceived, and who conceived
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  • him?
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  • And the answer from Scripture and the reason why we celebrate
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  • Christmas and the reason why Christmas is such a big deal
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  • and what makes his birth so unique is he was conceived
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  • by the Holy Spirit through a virgin.
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  • He was conceived by the Holy Spirit through a virgin.
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  • Again, we're in the 21st century, I lived it.
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  • Eyes roll, heads shake, mouths laugh, I just, I'm sorry, I've
  • 00:10:50.270 --> 00:10:56.270
  • witnessed to people who've said to me the reason why I can't buy
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  • what you're tryin' to get me or take what you're tryin'
  • 00:11:01.080 --> 00:11:03.270
  • to get me, I just can't get past the virgin birth.
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  • I just can't do it.
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  • Well, you just need to understand that if you have
  • 00:11:08.040 --> 00:11:10.170
  • difficulty believing in the virgin birth, that really
  • 00:11:10.180 --> 00:11:13.140
  • is not your difficult.
  • 00:11:13.150 --> 00:11:16.100
  • Your difficulty really is believing in God, because when
  • 00:11:16.110 --> 00:11:21.210
  • Mary raised her objection to the angel, when Mary said, "I
  • 00:11:21.220 --> 00:11:26.140
  • don't understand how I could be pregnant, I am a virgin."
  • 00:11:26.150 --> 00:11:31.040
  • The angel gave a very simple answer: For nothing will be
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  • impossible with God.
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  • Nothing will be impossible with God.
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  • So let me just kinda make this real easy.
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  • If God can create a world out of nothing, if God can
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  • create the first man and the first woman with no
  • 00:11:53.220 --> 00:11:56.260
  • parents, if God can split a red sea with just a word, if God can
  • 00:11:56.270 --> 00:12:02.290
  • make the sun stand still, I just don't think it's a big deal that
  • 00:12:05.170 --> 00:12:11.170
  • God can cause a woman to conceive who is still
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  • a virgin.
  • 00:12:16.190 --> 00:12:17.280
  • So just understand if you have problem with the virgin birth,
  • 00:12:17.290 --> 00:12:21.030
  • that's really not your problem.
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  • That's a symptom of the problem.
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  • Your problem is with God.
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  • We believe Jesus was conceived by the spirit of God.
  • 00:12:26.110 --> 00:12:30.070
  • Here's the second thing we believe.
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  • We believe that Jesus came as the Son of God.
  • 00:12:31.260 --> 00:12:34.240
  • He was conceived by the spirit of God.
  • 00:12:34.250 --> 00:12:36.160
  • He came as the Son of God.
  • 00:12:36.170 --> 00:12:38.070
  • Now, here's the facts so far.
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  • Joseph is engaged to a woman named Mary.
  • 00:12:40.050 --> 00:12:42.040
  • They're in this engagement period, but they've had no
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  • sexual relations.
  • 00:12:45.140 --> 00:12:47.000
  • She's had no sexual relations with any other man.
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  • As a matter of fact, you know we kinda do Joseph a disservice,
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:52.220
  • because when we talk about the Christmas story, we
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:55.100
  • want to talk about one virgin, but there were actually
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  • two virgins.
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  • Who was the other virgin?
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  • Yeah, Joseph.
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  • He said, "Hey, wait a minute.
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  • She ain't the only virgin walkin' around here.
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  • I'm a virgin too.
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  • I've not had relations with any woman, especially her."
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  • So here's what we've got.
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:16.100
  • So, Joseph, you're telling me you're a virgin, and you've not
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:19.010
  • had sex with Mary.
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  • Yep.
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  • Mary, you're telling me that you're a virgin, and you've not
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:25.050
  • had sex with Joseph.
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  • Yep.
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  • And both of you are telling me you've not had relations
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  • with anybody else?
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  • Yep.
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  • But you got a baby coming.
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  • I mean, can you help me out here?
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:38.160
  • I mean, I don't quite get that.
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  • They know--it's better than that.
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  • They not only know that a baby's coming, they know that baby's
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:46.110
  • going to be a boy.
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  • They don't have to do any kind of a test.
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  • They don't have to do any kinda--you know, they didn't
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  • have it back then.
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  • He's going to be a son.
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  • As a matter of fact, that fact is greatly emphasized, 'cause
  • 00:13:53.160 --> 00:13:56.070
  • you read it over and over in the story.
  • 00:13:56.080 --> 00:13:59.070
  • "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:01.020
  • appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David,
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:04.050
  • do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what
  • 00:14:04.060 --> 00:14:06.290
  • is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:09.130
  • She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him
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  • the name Jesus.'
  • 00:14:13.050 --> 00:14:15.070
  • All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:17.280
  • through the prophet: 'The Virgin will conceive and give birth
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:21.180
  • to a son...'
  • 00:14:21.190 --> 00:14:22.280
  • But he did not consummate their marriage."
  • 00:14:22.290 --> 00:14:24.170
  • That is we still haven't had relations, and she gave birth
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  • to a son and he gave him the name Jesus.
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:32.170
  • So Mary and Joseph both know they're about to become parents.
  • 00:14:32.180 --> 00:14:36.160
  • They're are about to become parents to a boy, and they're
  • 00:14:36.170 --> 00:14:40.180
  • both asking the question: whose son is he?
  • 00:14:40.190 --> 00:14:46.130
  • And leave no doubt, Dr. Luke records how
  • 00:14:46.140 --> 00:14:49.040
  • the angel made it crystal clear.
  • 00:14:49.050 --> 00:14:51.260
  • He says, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:55.280
  • of the most high will overshadow you.
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  • So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
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  • Not the son of Joseph, the son of God.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:07.150
  • So there you have it, real simple.
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  • Mary, you are the mother of Jesus, but Jesus is the son
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:15.100
  • of God.
  • 00:15:16.050 --> 00:15:17.140
  • Now, I want to slow down here for just a moment, because this
  • 00:15:17.150 --> 00:15:18.290
  • is important that you understand, 'cause I can tell
  • 00:15:19.000 --> 00:15:21.060
  • you right now I'm saying something a lot of you haven't
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:23.130
  • yet understood just how important that it is.
  • 00:15:23.140 --> 00:15:26.070
  • Jesus is not the son of God because he was a descendant
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  • of David, even though he was.
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:33.040
  • Jesus is not the son of God because he died for our sins,
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:36.290
  • even though he did.
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  • Jesus is not the son of God because he was morally
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:42.040
  • and sinlessly pure, even though he was.
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  • All of those things are true because he was the son of God.
  • 00:15:45.250 --> 00:15:51.000
  • Jesus came as he did from a virgin to be what he was,
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  • sinless.
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  • He was what he was, sinless, to do what he did,
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  • die for our sins.
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  • He died for our sins to do what he did, which is pay for our
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:13.040
  • sins, and he did what he did as the son of God so we could
  • 00:16:13.050 --> 00:16:18.250
  • become children of God.
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  • That is the story of Christmas.
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  • That is what I believe.
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  • That is what we believe.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • That is what gives me chill bumps this second while I'm
  • 00:16:32.000 --> 00:16:35.030
  • talking to you.
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  • It's a story I've never gotten over.
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  • It's a story that radically changed my life.
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  • It is the story that's become the passion of my heart.
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  • It's why I get so excited about Christmas.
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  • It's why I don't like getting older, I don't know who does,
  • 00:16:51.270 --> 00:16:54.240
  • but at the same time, it's why almost sometimes count the days
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:57.230
  • and weeks and months until Christmas comes
  • 00:16:57.240 --> 00:16:59.190
  • around again.
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  • We believe that Jesus was conceived by the spirit of God.
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:05.170
  • We believe that Jesus came as the son of God,
  • 00:17:05.180 --> 00:17:09.160
  • but here's the last thing.
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  • We believe that Jesus covered our sins with God.
  • 00:17:11.200 --> 00:17:15.270
  • He covered our sins with God.
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:17.290
  • Now, let me just stop for a minute to kinda roll
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:19.150
  • the tape back.
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:22.150
  • Sometimes I think we get real insensitive at Christmas.
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  • Let me tell you what I mean.
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:26.110
  • You know, we love the Christmas story, right?
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:27.220
  • I mean, angel comes to Mary, hey, Mary, you're gonna have
  • 00:17:27.230 --> 00:17:29.090
  • a baby.
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  • I'm a virgin.
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  • Don't worry I'll take care of it.
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  • Angel goes to Joseph, hey, Joseph, you're gonna be a dad.
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  • I'm a virgin.
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  • Don't worry, I'll take care of it.
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  • And you kinda have to feel sorry for Joseph and Mary.
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  • I mean, think about it now.
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:47.170
  • Mary didn't ask to have a baby, but you're gonna have
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:51.250
  • a baby anyway.
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  • And she's a virgin.
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  • And we're gonna talk about this down the road next month,
  • 00:17:55.210 --> 00:17:57.250
  • but who's gonna buy that story?
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  • Try that out.
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  • Try that out on one of your friends.
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  • You have a daughter, one day that gets pregnant, tell her
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:04.140
  • you're not gonna believe this, I'm a virgin.
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  • See how that works out for you.
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:10.010
  • Joseph, he's gonna have a son he's gotta feed, he's gotta
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:15.190
  • clothe, he's gotta change the diapers, he's gotta pay
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:19.210
  • tuition, and he's not even the dad.
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:23.070
  • I mean, and to add insult to injury, you ready for this?
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:27.220
  • Mary, you're gonna have a baby you didn't ask for, Joseph
  • 00:18:27.230 --> 00:18:31.000
  • you're gonna have a son you didn't even conceive, and oh,
  • 00:18:31.010 --> 00:18:33.260
  • by the way, you don't even get to name the baby.
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  • Excuse me?
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:41.120
  • No, here's his name.
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  • Here's what you're gonna call him.
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  • She will give birth to a son, that's going to happen and you
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:50.230
  • are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:55.020
  • from their sins.
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  • Don't even get to name the baby.
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  • See, that name tells us two things about Jesus.
  • 00:19:00.060 --> 00:19:04.060
  • It tells us first of all-- and by the way, the virgin birth
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:06.280
  • confirms both of these things-- on the one hand,
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:09.280
  • he's a human being.
  • 00:19:09.290 --> 00:19:12.060
  • He has the human name.
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  • He came to live among us and be just like us, but he's also
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:19.110
  • the God that saves, so he's like us, but he's not like us.
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:25.120
  • He's with us, but he's above us.
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:29.190
  • He's one of us, but he's not one of us.
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  • He is the God that saves, and that's why everything I've
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:36.080
  • said to you this morning should tell you, that's why of all
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:39.250
  • the billions of people who have ever lived or ever will live,
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:43.070
  • there's only one that's qualified to be our savior,
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  • and his name is Jesus.
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  • He had the mom.
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  • He had the heavenly father.
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:51.260
  • Yeah, clap, give the Lord a hand, that's great.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:55.110
  • So here's where we are, here's where we are.
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:57.290
  • If somebody's going to save us from our sins, on the one hand
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:00.270
  • he's got to be a human being who can die.
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:04.120
  • On the other hand, he's got to be a sinless human being,
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:07.170
  • or he can't die for our sins.
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:09.020
  • So he has to be God.
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:11.220
  • That's why was he born like every other baby was born?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Was he conceived like every other baby is conceived?
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  • Absolutely not.
  • 00:20:19.220 --> 00:20:21.200
  • He was a son but not just a son.
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:26.060
  • He was God's son, he was a human, but not just a human.
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:32.080
  • He was a sinless human.
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:34.180
  • He was in no way a sinner, but he was in every way
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:38.090
  • a savior.
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:39.190
  • So understand if Jesus was not born of a virgin--let me just
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:43.170
  • stop, and I want you to hear this.
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:44.270
  • If somebody ever tries to tell you I just about his virgin
  • 00:20:44.280 --> 00:20:47.190
  • birth stuff, then at least explain to them their problem,
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:52.020
  • 'cause you've got at least four problems if you don't believe
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:54.190
  • in the virgin birth.
  • 00:20:54.200 --> 00:20:55.290
  • I've already told you one of them, you got a problem
  • 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:57.270
  • with God, 'cause here's what you're really saying: I just
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:21:01.040
  • don't think even God can pull this one off.
  • 00:21:01.050 --> 00:21:04.200
  • You got a problem with God.
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:06.180
  • Number two, you have problem with the word of God, because
  • 00:21:06.190 --> 00:21:12.060
  • the word of God plainly says and plainly teaches he was born
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:16.230
  • of a virgin.
  • 00:21:16.240 --> 00:21:18.220
  • Third, you've got a problem with Mary, because if Mary was
  • 00:21:18.230 --> 00:21:23.050
  • not a virgin, she wasn't that pure innocent little teenager
  • 00:21:23.060 --> 00:21:26.190
  • you see in the movies who never sexually knew anybody.
  • 00:21:26.200 --> 00:21:31.220
  • Here's what you got, you got a teenage girl that somewhere
  • 00:21:31.230 --> 00:21:35.090
  • some way somehow with somebody messed up.
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:41.020
  • But even more than that, you've got a problem with Jesus,
  • 00:21:41.030 --> 00:21:46.230
  • because if he wasn't born of a virgin, he's no different
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:49.030
  • from anybody else.
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:51.000
  • If he had a human father and he had a human mother, he was
  • 00:21:51.010 --> 00:21:55.080
  • therefore a descendant of Adam, and he had a sin problem just
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:58.140
  • like we did.
  • 00:21:58.150 --> 00:21:59.240
  • And let me tell you what that means, if you take the virgin
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:02.230
  • birth out of the story as my professors tried
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:05.270
  • to at the seminary, as people like Rob Bale tries to even
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:09.090
  • today, when you take the virgin birth out of the story, here's
  • 00:22:09.100 --> 00:22:12.220
  • what has to happen: The lights of Christmas have to be
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:16.130
  • extinguished, Christmas Carols have to go silent, and the story
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:22.130
  • of Christmas never gets written.
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:26.040
  • Because if you take the brick of the virgin birth
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:28.230
  • out of the story of Jesus, the whole house falls apart.
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:34.210
  • And now we understand why we celebrate Christmas the way we
  • 00:22:34.220 --> 00:22:38.270
  • do, 'cause I don't care what the professors at Harvard
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:42.140
  • and Yale and Princeton say.
  • 00:22:42.150 --> 00:22:44.240
  • I don't care what Hollywood says.
  • 00:22:44.250 --> 00:22:46.220
  • I don't care what the scientists say, I don't care what
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:49.130
  • the doctors say, Christmas begins with Christmas biology.
  • 00:22:49.140 --> 00:22:54.130
  • It all starts with this unbelievable virgin birth
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:58.140
  • of Jesus.
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  • Nobody was conceived like Jesus was conceived, nobody live
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  • like Jesus lived, nobody died like Jesus died, nobody came
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  • back from the grave like Jesus came back from the grave, and no
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  • one except Jesus qualifies to be our savior, nobody.
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  • So I close with this.
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  • There was a skeptic, unbeliever, didn't believe anything
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  • about Jesus, didn't care about Christians, didn't buy any
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  • of this stuff.
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  • He was talking to a strong follower of Christ, and they
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  • were having a debate, and he said, "Let me just ask you one
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  • question, and just give me an honest answer."
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  • And the Christian said, "Sure."
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  • He said, "You see that little boy playing over there
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  • in that yard?"
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  • And he said, "Yeah, I see him."
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  • He said, "If I told you that child was conceived
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  • without a human father, and that child was born of a virgin
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  • mother, now, you tell me the truth.
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  • Would you believe me?"
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  • And without even a hesitation, that Christian said, "If that
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  • boy grows up and lives just like Jesus did, absolutely."
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  • Absolutely.
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  • And so would I.
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  • Jesus was born the only way he could be born, and he lived
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  • the only way he could live, because before he was born,
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  • after he was born, from eternity past to eternity future, he was,
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  • he is, and he will always be the virgin-born son of God.
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  • James Merritt: Another broadcast here is coming to a close, and I
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  • James Merritt: Hey, thanks so much for watching our first
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  • Christmas message of 2019, and by the way, let me wish you
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  • a very Merry Christmas.
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  • to stay tuned right here for the next two weeks as we
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  • celebrate Christmas together.
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