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Virgin birth required for Jesus to be Messiah

by Theodore Wright.

Virgin Birth Jesus necessaryIsaiah 7:14 is the Bible verse is commonly quoted about Messiah being born of a virgin but would this be so if “virgin” here simply meant “young woman”? Jesus of Nazereth had to been born of a virgin, even if this passage simply meant “young woman”, or else He still would not be Messiah!

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
– Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

 

We will be discussing this here but let us first discuss the background of Jesus being born of a virgin…

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. – Matthew 1:24-25 (KJV)

 

Do notice that is not “till” she had given birth to Jesus that Joseph “knew her”. Therefore, Joseph did have sexual relations with Mary after Jesus was born. As it also is said in Matthew 1:18, that it was “before they came together” that Mary was found with child. So, YES, there was an “after” they came together.

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. – Matthew 12:46-50 (KJV)

 

Were these people outside Jesus’ literal physical mother and simply His spiritual brothers? To say that would be changing the meaning of the context of relationships mentioned. They must be his physical brothers. His brothers are mentioned by name in another passage…

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. – Mark 6:3 (KJV)

 

If these were merely Jesus’ cousins, the word “cousin” would have been said by the people around, just like the Apostle Paul uses the word.

Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), – Colossians 4:10 (NKJV)

 

If the Lord’s brothers were simply believers in Him, they would not individually be mentioned by Paul as Jesus’ brothers since Paul himself would be esteemed as a brother.

But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. – Galatians 1:19 (KJV)

 

It is evident that Mary did not remain an “ever virgin” because she did have children with Joseph as the father. This is after she gave birth to Jesus with God the Father parenting.

There is a Messianic prophesy which makes very clear that the brothers of Jesus are literally in His physical family.

I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. – Psalms 69:8-9 (KJV)

 

Another Messianic prophesy, where some people have placed Jesus as Messiah into question, is in Jeremiah…

Jeremiah 22:24-30 (NKJV)
“As I live,” says the Lord, “though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off; and I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose face you fear—the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of the Chaldeans. So I will cast you out, and your mother who bore you, into another country where you were not born; and there you shall die. But to the land to which they desire to return, there they shall not return. “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol— A vessel in which is no pleasure? Why are they cast out, he and his descendants, And cast into a land which they do not know? O earth, earth, earth, Hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord: ‘Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah.’”

 

In the gospel of Matthew, Coniah, who is also called Jeconiah, is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ…

And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. – Matthew 1:12 (NKJV)

 

The question comes, then, “How can Jesus the Nazarene be Messiah when He cannot ascend as king in Jerusalem since He is born in the line of Coniah?” Jesus IS able to ascend to this throne because the lineage Coniah is mentioned only in Joseph’s genealogy and not in Mary’s. Jesus is only adopted into the lineage of Coniah (Jeconiah) but is not a true descendant. What we see is that the Bible passage of Jeremiah 22:24-30 is actually supporting evidence for the virgin birth of Jesus as Messiah. Thus, Jesus of Nazereth was born of the virgin Mary with God the Father as His father.

 

 

 

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