Issue 1293 – Birthdays – November 9, 2023
Kathy and I both celebrate our birthdays today. Yes, we have the same day and month of birthday; the year is different. Happy birthday Kathy.
That got me thinking about births. I was blessed to be there when both my sons were born and within a very short time for the birth of my grandchildren. Each of those events was special.
The Bible records a number of special, even miraculous birthdays.
Of course, it starts with the birth of Adam and Eve. Neither was born conventionally; both were created by God, Adam from the dust of the ground and Eve from the side of Adam.
Isaac came when his parents were too old.
The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” Genesis 21:1-6
Samson was born to a barren mother.
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Judges 13:2-3
We could look as well to the births of Samuel (1 Samuel 1), the Shunammite’s son (2 Kings 4), and John the Baptizer (Luke 1). There are likely others as well, but those sprang to mind.
The most miraculous, supernatural birth of all was, of course, that of our Lord Jesus.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
Not only was the means of Jesus’ birth unique and miraculous, so was his life and death. He came and lives among us (Immanuel. God with us.), fully man and fully God.
Jesus lived the perfect life that none of us can accomplish. That made him the Sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
He willingly went to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin so that you and I might be free forever.
He rose again, proving the veracity of His claims, ascended into heaven and will return again for His church.
Every birth is unique and special; everyone is created in God’s image. Yet, none will surpass the value of Christ and His birth.
Today, I thank God for my 66 trips around the sun and for my darling wife. I praise the Lord for coming to save us.
May we give him glory every day.
Hallelu Yah / Praise God
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