December is often called the season of miracles by both Jews and Christians, albeit, for different reasons. They both celebrate the fact that nothing is impossible with God. Here are 7 miraculous births and the greatest of all.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
– Luke 1:37
There are at least seven miraculous births in the Bible involving barren women. The first six involve those unable to conceive a child for various reasons…
1. Sarah, Abraham’s wife gave birth to Isaac, (Genesis 11:30).
2. Rebekah, Isaac’s wife gave birth to Jacob, and Esau (Genesis 25:21).
3. Rachel, Jacob’s wife gave birth to Joseph, (Genesis 29:31).
4. Samson’s mother gave birth to Samson, (Judges 13:2).
5. Hannah gave birth to Samuel when she was barren, (1 Samuel 1:5).
6. Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist, (Luke 1:7). According to the Gospel of Luke, John was born 6 months before Jesus, to his mother’s cousin, Elizabeth. John is also viewed as a forerunner to the Messiah.
7. Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin, (Luke 1:34-35).
The seventh miraculous birth was different from all those that it preceded. It was Immaculate Conception – a virgin woman impregnated by the Holy Spirit.
But more than that, it was the birth of the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah…
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
– Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah also foretold the virgin birth and that Jesus would be descended from the line of David…
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
– Isaiah 7:14
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
– Isaiah 11:1
The pulpit commentary at Bible hub explains the connection between Jesse and David: “The stem of Jesse” must mean the house of David, for there is but one Jesse (Ishai) in Scripture – David’s father.”
The prophet Micah predicted where Jesus will be born
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
The miraculous birth of Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, would be not only a world-changing event, but would bring a miracle for all humanity: Freedom and salvation from the bondage of sin.
Isaiah predicted, that, too:
“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
– Isaiah 11:10
The pulpit commentary states: “The prophecies to Abraham had repeatedly declared that “in him,” or “in his seed,” “all the families of the earth should be blessed.”
The blessing to all humankind from the birth of Jesus is:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16