“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” says John (1:14). It’s incredible and surprising! God takes on flesh and comes down to engage us, change us, redeem us, and make us ready for eternity. And as quickly as this chapter of God’s plan begins, the naysayers, cynics, and Devil’s handiwork kicks in with a vengeance… and it hasn’t stopped.
Sure, those on the broad road to destruction may be easier targets. But, how about those in the church? There’s a raging battle for the hearts and minds of those inside the walls of faith. If Satan can rip out any surprise from the Gospel message; cynicism, pride and general boredom can all flood in and make a home. Satan’s crafty plan starts with stealing away the truth of the virgin birth and carries further to Jesus’ death and resurrection and certainly the hope in the second coming. But, given the season and the importance of starting well, here are some points to consider when teaching on the virgin birth specifically.