What I am about to share with you will rock your world. As we approach Christmas Day, every church, in some form or fashion, will recount the nativity story. We will hear of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, of John leaping in Elizabeth’s womb, of Joseph’s plans to divorce, of the shepherds in the field, of no room at the inn, of the angels singing, et al. But do we really understand?
As I said, what I’m about to share with you will rock your world but should not rock your faith. In fact, quite the opposite. It should solidify your faith in the God of Miracles,the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and in King Yeshua, son of David, son of Abraham, son of Adam, son of God.
First, we must start with the premise that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the God of order and not chaos or confusion. And above all, He is not like the Greek gods Cronus or Zeus.
On that note I think we can all agree that Yeshua/Jesus is not a demigod like Hercules or Perseus, the sons of Zeus who are half human.
No, we believe Yeshua is fully God and fully man. So how can that be if a virgin who knew no man, is pregnant? Remember, God is Spirit. He is unlike anything we can comprehend! He has no beginning and no end. He is holy and set apart. People, He hasno seed!
So again, we ask, how did Mary end up pregnant?
Let me suggest something very simple but miraculous: God took Joseph’s seed and formed a fully human male child in the virgin Mary and filled him with His Spirit of Holiness.
Why do I say this? Because the gospels of Matthew and Luke go out of their way to give us Joseph’s lineage. Why would God waste words on Joseph’s lineage if he was not Yeshua’s physical father?
Some suggest Luke gives Mary’s lineage while Matthew gives Joseph’s. Again, why would God waste words in Matthew? And when you read the gospel account, that is not what the written words say. This is a good thing because being from the line of David through his mother would disqualify him for the throne of David as only the patrilineal descent counts for tribal affiliation, priestly status, or royalty. Remember, God is the God of order and He does not change.
A little side note on that lineage: When reading Matthew,we see that Yeshua’s line traced through Solomon, but Luke traces it through Nathan. There is a theory about why, which I’ll share in another article.
Some suggest that Joseph adopted Yeshua, but that would also disqualify him from the throne of David as an adopted son is not qualified to be king or priest.
Paul points out in Romans 1:3-4
Concerning His Son,
He came into being
from the seed of David
according to the flesh.
He was appointed
according to the Ruach of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead.
He is Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
Did you catch that? Yeshua came into being from the seed of David according to the flesh. He is the image of the invisible God in holiness,made visible through the seed of man! How awesome is our God?!
Science tells us we are made from elements found in nature. Of course we are! Just as God formed Adam from elements He created here on Earth, so too, He formed Yeshua from elements found here. He is, as Paul points out, ‘the second Adam’.
This information should not shake your faith but affirm it,as it is not based on Greek mythology,but the mighty saving power of the One True God! And it should affirm your faith even more when speaking to non-believers who accuse Yeshua of being a myth or a demigod like Zeus’ son Hercules.
With this information you can stand firm against these accusations, declaring, “No, Yeshua is fully human–conceived with the seed of his father David taken from Joseph the carpenter, formed within his mother’s womb by the power of God -not the power of man- and declared the Son of God by the holiness within him, completely obedient to the Torah of God because he is the Torah made flesh by the miraculous work of God–not Zeus–but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”