Consider something, if all humanity carries the brokenness called sin, is it possible that it is a genetic issue that has been passed down through Adam and Eve would have been passed through Mary, the virgin?
Well, of course, it was, so God was excluded from using the egg or sperm of anyone human.
Now, what is God supposed to do?
If we are talking about the God who spoke the worlds into existence, creating all things, including Adam, then it is not beyond Him to make His own fertilized egg and to ask a young virgin girl to be a surrogate mother for that child. I might add, having attended a Catholic memorial service recently, where the priest stated that Mary was without sin; in my mind, I could hear the squeal of brakes as my head screamed out excuse me! From the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden, humanity has been born under the influence of sin. Mary was NOT excluded from this curse. Therefore, any child created through human intercourse would have been born into sin. However, Jesus was NOT made through human intercourse and was, therefore, sin-free.
Did Jesus have free will to sin?
Yes, but fortunately for us, He did not. He never sinned. Now apply that understanding to the time Jesus purposefully made a scourge of ropes and drove the money changers and sellers from the temple’s outer courts. I cannot read that detail without seeing the fury in His eyes, but that does not mean it was there. I can’t explain how this moment happened without rage; I just know I would have been motivated by rage/sin.
In scripture, we are NOT given all the reasons that Mary and Joseph could not find a place to stay in Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem, where his relatives lived. They could not even find a place at the Inn. Although here in America, we have a hotel chain called Motel 6, they used to be an inexpensive place for a “not so rich” family to shower and get a little bit of sleep. Multi-level, with relatively clean floors and beds, is NOT what we are talking about, as the typical house had livestock living within what would be the first level of the house. Yes, you slept with the smells.
Whether the news about their marriage, how she is pregnant, and Joseph is not the child’s father traveled ahead of them is unknown. But you must agree that it is hard to hide nine months of pregnancy, and the couple have no reasonable explanations aside from repeating that He is the Son of God. All the problems accompanying their legitimate statements of understanding and faith were suddenly solved once the wise men came with their expensive gifts, which the couple apparently sold. We know this because the child is approximately two years old, and the family is living in their own home in Bethlehem when the wise men located them. It is mere days later when an angel tells them to escape to Egypt until the threat upon Jesus’ life through Herod passes.
We have little to tell us how long they stayed in Egypt, but at some point, the family is given the green light to come back home because Herod is dead; home is no longer in Bethlehem but in Nazareth. Since Jerusalem is closer than Nazareth and it was a festival week, it may have been practical to make the stop there, where Jesus found his way into the temple and began having deep discussions about the Law and the Prophets.
Scripture tells us that Joseph was a good man, but this matter of who the Father of Jesus is may have been a struggle. The internet series “The Chosen,” in introducing the context of a third season episode, has Joseph alluding to potential problems if they linger much longer in the vicinity after finding Jesus in the temple.
Why is Jesus being in the temple a problem?
Because Joseph apparently had a visit from the same angel that visited Mary. From that point forward, Joseph protected Mary from prodding neighbors who were more than willing to call her a whore, potentially killing Mary and giving Jesus nothing less than the abuse the son of a whore deserved. The terminology for illegitimate children is mumzer, and the Torah told them that no illegitimate child would be allowed in the temple or receive official religious training. So, keeping a low profile and moving to towns where you are NOT known is beneficial to your survival.
Apparently, the simple phrase “a good man” included the idea that Joseph was adept with the scriptures and may well have taught young Jesus himself. We can assume that Joseph made it back to Nazareth, but what transpires during this time is a mystery, for the next thing we see in scripture is a reference to John the Baptist, baptizing in the Jordan river, and Jesus is about 30, and there is no more mention of Joseph.
With that, we pick up our study with John 1:6-14.
“There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. (8) He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. (9) There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. (11) He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (14) And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
(John 1:6-14 NASB)
Verse six opens with “There came a man sent from God.” The verse expresses to us that John the Baptizer is the subject, but what if you lacked that information.
What would be your guess as to who the Holy Spirit is referring to?
The prophet Malachi, using similar wording, also spells out that this man is John.
“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me…”
(Malachi 3:1 NASB)
In a cloaked manner, Isaiah declared that this voice was John, speaking about the Lord – Jesus.
“A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
(Isaiah 40:3-5 NASB)
John 1:9-13 shifts subjects and defines Jesus.
“There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. (11) He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 1:8 explains –
“John was not the light. But he came to tell people about the light.” (John 1:8 ERV)
John 1:10,11 tells us –
“He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own (Who are His own? The Jewish nation, of course. But for me, it also speaks of the disciples and of us.) did not receive Him.” (NASB)
As a side note, despite the harsh criticism the series has received, I watch The Chosen series and enjoy it immensely. One of the apparent things is how little the disciples understood Jesus’ mission. Dallas Jenkins, the producer, director, and one of the writers, has done an excellent job of portraying many of the Biblical aspects of Jesus’ ministry. Try to watch it without crying.
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
(John 1:14 NASB)
Jump back to verses one through three.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
(John 1:1-3 NASB)
Keep in mind that we can read this opening as “In beginning” to indicate a process that had an initiation point.
Previously, I asked when and where Jesus decided to fulfill the Father’s will and become flesh?
The answer goes back to a time, possibly before the creation. I say this because we see an angelic person under the guise of the angel of the Lord, interacting with humanity in many of the details of the Old Testament; these interactions give us every reason to believe that Jesus has been around for a long time.
I have no reason to think that Jesus was not the one who walked in the cool of the garden calling out to Adam and Eve. I would NOT for a second suggest that once Adam brought all humanity under Satan’s subjection, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, had to go into emergency repair mode. No, this plan of redemption (the mystery) was well thought out long before Satan’s revolt and man’s treason.
Why is a comment such as “the only begotten from the Father,” important?
First, was anyone born again at the time of John the Baptist? The answer is NO that came after the cross, but many demonstrated faith in Jesus Christ, and that, according to the Apostle Paul, is the only way through Christ, to the Father.
“nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” (Galatians 2:16 NASB)
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
Another version of this verse reads like this “The Word became a man and lived among us.”
Isaiah chapter seven tells us.
“So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].”
(Isaiah 7:14 GW)
The path that God used to bring His Son into the world is through this young virgin.
Isaiah chapter nine gives us His names.
“A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6 GW)
The probability that Jesus, the Word of God that created the heavens and the earth, was a man when all this took place is good.
It is NOT impossible for God to place that Son into an egg and have a young virgin carry that Son.
It is NOT improbable that the Father had His Son fostered by a young girl named Mary, and the older man – a good man, hold the place of a Father that would see to it that Jesus was taught appropriately in the Law and nature of God, a representation that is exhibited in the action and words of the Son.