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Devotional - week of October 25, 2015


THOSE OTHER MIRACULOUS BIRTHS

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6

The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah that a virgin would give birth to a son and his name was to be Immanuel—meaning God is with us. God became a man—but never ceased being God. The theologians call Jesus the God-man.

The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she conceived. Such a birth is beyond comprehension. We can only meditate and marvel at His birth.

Such a birth will never be duplicated. But there are births extremely similar, births that are all of God…and miraculous. When we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, we were born of the Spirit. God entered our lives. Paul writes in Romans 8:9 “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

The result of this birth is not God-man, but it is God in man. The man never becomes God as God became man, but God in man becomes reality.

Jesus testified that the works He did were proof that He was from God.

“… the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.”  John 5:36

Later Jesus made a most remarkable statement about those in whom God lives:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  John 14:12

We free ourselves to live by faith in Jesus as we live out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Think of the joy God has when He is able to use us to raise the spiritually dead and heal the spiritually diseased.