But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
As we look at the Christmas story out of the book of Matthew, one of the things that we notice is the method of coming into the world that God chose.
He could have come into the world in any way that He wanted. He could have simple opened the skies and descended to earth as an adult, with trumpets sounding and angels singing. But He chose not to do that. He could have just “appeared” on the Earth, either as a child or as an adult. But He chose not to do that.
He chose to come into the earth as all men (since Adam and Eve) come into the earth – by birth. And, because man had sinned and has a sin nature, He skipped the man and came to the earth through the womb of a virgin. It was a miraculous birth – the only one like it in the history of mankind. But that is Jesus – miraculous. He is the only one like Himself in the history of the Earth.
Jesus was born into the human race – the humblest of beginnings. And He was born of a virgin – the most miraculous of beginnings. What a wonderful Saviour!