Jesus was Sinless and the Virgin Birth | Devotion #5: 2 Corinthians 5:21
Chuck Lindsey | Reach Pastor
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21NKJV)
From the earliest age, I remember having dominoes. Not the pizza (although that sounds pretty good right now), but the game. I must confess, that in all the years I have had a dominoes’ set, though they got a lot of use, I have never actually played the game of dominoes. How did I use them? Do you already know? That is right; I spent hours carefully standing them up into lines, circles, and paths only to knock the first one over and watch them with expectation as each one fell one after another. Did you know there are domino toppling competitions? It is a thing, and it is mesmerizing to watch. Teams of people spend days (sometimes weeks) carefully setting every domino at just the right distance and angle from each other, so that when the first domino is knocked over each of the thousands of succeeding dominoes fall as expected. The current world record is almost 4.5 million dominoes. Incredible! The “domino effect” is a phrase that was coined from this phenomenon and it describes a “chain reaction” between objects or ideas. Doctrine is like dominoes. One truth builds on another. If you knock one over it causes a chain reaction “down the line” as it were. It has become popular of late for “Christian” leaders/writers to question and dismiss clear and established doctrine. Among those beliefs has been the doctrine of the Virgin Birth.
When we say, “the Virgin Birth” we are talking about the birth of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that Jesus was not conceived through the physical union of a man and a woman. We are told instead, that God “overshadowed” the woman, meaning that He “placed” His Son, the Savior of the world, into the womb of the yet unmarried virgin named Mary. Jesus was conceived by God and born of the woman. This is what the Bible (God) says happened.
Now, this is an essential doctrinal “domino.” Why? Because, if Jesus had been conceived through “human means,” He could have only ever been that, human. He would have been no more than we are. But He is infinitely more than just a human being. He is both man and God at the same time. As the Puritans said it, “He is all of man and all of very God” meaning that Jesus is 100% man and 100% God at the same time. You say, “wait, is that not 200%?” Yes, that is why I said He is more!
You see because Jesus was born both of the woman and of God, He stands alone in all of history. He is the “God-Man.” As such, He stands in the middle, between both God and man. He is, as the Scriptures say, “the Mediator between God and men” (1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV). He alone holds this place because He alone is both God and man at the same time.
Now, if you knock that domino over, and deny His Virgin Birth, then a chain reaction occurs and other dominoes fall. To deny He was virgin born (domino #1) means that He is not God (domino #2) and thus could not be sinless (domino #3). That means that He cannot die as the “sinless substitute” for our sins (domino #4) which then means that we are still in our sins and unsaved (domino #5). Ultimately, Christianity is a false hope (the last domino to fall).
However, if He really was conceived of God and born of the virgin, then He is both God and man and 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV is a shout of victory: “For He (the Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin (He was sinless, innocent) to be sin for us (He took our sins on Himself), that we might become the righteousness of God (innocent) in Him.” The sinless One, the innocent One, our Savior, the Lord Jesus, did not need to die for His sins, He had none (domino #1). He took our sin on Himself (domino #2) and died in our place (domino #3) so that we could become innocent through Him (domino #4) and thus we are truly saved. What sweet dominoes fall as we trust the truth of what God has said.