Below is another piece by Stuart Chase, as we consider the virgin birth. You can read more from him over at deformed.co.za.
It is impossible for a virgin to conceive, they argue. And yet the Bible tells us quite plainly that Mary did conceive, and give birth, as a virgin. The question to be asked is, how important is the doctrine of the virgin birth to historic Christianity? Its significance is at least fourfold.
First, it is significant because it shows that his birth was supernatural. Right from the outset, Jesus’ life was shown to be one of supernatural significance. The story of Jesus of Nazareth commenced with a supernatural birth and concluded with a supernatural resurrection and ascension. As Donald Macleod notes, “The virgin birth is … blatantly supernatural, defying our rationalism, informing us that all that follows belongs to the same order as itself and that if we find offence there is no point in proceeding further.”[1. Donald Macleod, The Person of Christ: Contours of Christian Theology (Downer’s Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 1998), 37.]
Second, it is significant because it shows that humanity can’t redeem itself. The human race was infected by sin. The sin nature, it seems, is passed from father to children; Jesus was therefore born without a sin nature because he had no biological human father. This made him uniquely qualified to serve as humanity’s Saviour.