And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
From “The Apostle’ Creed”
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21
As we look intently at the Apostles’ Creed, we first established our belief in God, the Father and Creator of all things. We next come to belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. Here is a major hurdle for many – they are able to accept the existence of God; but they balk at the idea of God having an earthly Son. It is a challenge to our intellectual age to believe that this Jesus is indeed both human and divine. But faith in Jesus Christ can withstand the challenges if we look to God’s Word for understanding and truth.
Christmas is the time when Christians celebrate the earthly birth of Jesus, but He has always been in existence and is as eternal and timeless as God the Father. We know that by John’s Gospel which says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)” “The Word” is Jesus Christ. The original Greek for “Word” is “Logos,” and it is a title of Christ, emphasizing His own deity (or “God-ness) and communication of who God is and what He is like. John use of the word “beginning” speaks to Jesus’ position of divine authority and power – the same authority and power that is of God. God the Father Himself confirmed the identity of Jesus. In Matthew 4:17, at Jesus’ baptism, God spoke from heaven and said “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Mark’s Gospel also records the Father’s words at the Transfiguration of Christ saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” The writer of the book of Hebrews affirms this as well saying, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representative of His being,” (Hebrews1:3). The Bible confirms over and over that Jesus is, in fact, the Son of God. He has the same attributes of holiness, righteousness, authority and power as the Father. He is eternal, from before the world was formed, and He will be throughout all eternity, the never-ending God.
Our key verse confirms the deity of Jesus by saying that He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. There are some things that we call “divine mysteries” in the Christian faith, and this is one of those. How this divine conception occurred is known only to God, but the Bible clearly reveals the power of the Holy Spirit at work in all Christ did. His miracles, works and teachings were all through the influence of the Holy Spirit. Luke 4:36 declares, “All the people were amazed and said to each other, ‘What is this teaching? With authority and power He gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!’” It was the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from death to life. (see Ephesians 1:18-20) The power of the Holy Spirit was further evidence that Jesus, though He was fully man, was also fully God.
Jesus was born of a very human woman, Mary, the wife of Joseph – but because He was divinely conceived, His mother was a virgin when He was born. That is miraculous indeed! God had already prophesied that the mother of the Messiah would be a virgin; Isaiah 7:14 foretold, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and you will call Him Immanuel.” For many hundreds of years thereafter, every young Jewish girl wondered if she would be the mother of her Messiah. Mary was chosen to be the mother of the Savior of all the world. I love Mark Lowery’s song, “Mary Did You Know?” that says
“Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.”
Mary knew that there was something special about her baby boy, Luke 2:51 says “His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” I don’t know if this virgin girl could have ever imagined how her life would be forever changed by her Son.
The great Apostle Paul wrote of this Jesus: “He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.” (Colossians 1:15 & 19)
Jesus Himself declared: “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Just as God is who He says He is, Jesus Christ has also clearly identified Himself. He has said “I AM.” The heart of faith bows in worship and adoration before the Son of God.
Jesus, you are human – yet Divine. You are perfect – yet you came to live among the imperfect. Somehow you wrapped your perfect, divine glory into a human shell and came to save me. My heart sings Your name and Your praise! Amen.