A problem in the body requires a physical solution; in the mind, an intellectual and mental solution; in the spirit, a spiritual solution.
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)
Of the many obvious reasons for the virgin birth of Jesus, the one of most profound importance is that man did not become God, define God, or even find God, but God Himself took on human likeness.
- The birth of Jesus was a dimension invasion.
- The life of Jesus was a dimension revelation.
- The death of Jesus was a dimension conquest.
- The resurrection of Jesus was a dimension invitation.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4–5)
The Spirit that created the human spirit and breathed life into human beings became man to reanimate the human spirit. Christ was born as a natural man to provide the way to be reborn in humanity. The objective of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to restore humanity’s original identity. Salvation is not just about a place where we go after death but about a Person with whom we relate when we are alive.
A womb in the spirit of every man and woman awaits impregnation by the Spirit of God so each person can be born again. Everyone has this potential for rebirth. Until God is born in a person, this spiritual womb is inactive and waiting to be reborn. This is the deep yearning for something more that all humanity experiences. As the womb of a woman has the potential to produce physical life, there is potential for life in the spirit in every human. Only a woman can experience the yearning to give birth in the physical realm, but all of humanity yearns for rebirth in the spiritual realm.
The question of “Who am I?” is answered when the human spirit is reborn in this spiritual womb. This womb cannot be impregnated by mere human decision but only by the Spirit of God. Birth from a woman brings human life. Being born of God brings about the new creation in man and woman, redefining and reforming personal identity. Being a child of God is an experience of identity in the spirit of humanity. And if physical birth is experientially real, then the spiritual rebirth is just as real. Flesh gives birth to flesh, while Spirit gives birth to spirit. From our identity being defined in the intellectual and physical, we experience spiritual identity through rebirth of the spirit and in relationship with the Spirit.
The birth of Jesus through Mary showed how the supernatural could pierce the natural. An angel announced the conception of Jesus. The invisible announced to the visible the birth of the invisible into the visible realm. The Holy Spirit conceived the inconceivable. The Unlimited One chose to be contained in a woman’s womb by His own power. A perfect God brought the perfect solution to imperfect humanity, conceived in the imperfect human vessel, Mary. The birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus mirror the process of how humanity can experience spiritual rebirth that enables anyone to partake in the divine nature. The historical event of the invisible impregnating the visible can become a present reality.