In this sermon I look at the details surrounding the immaculate conception in Matthew 1:18-23 and following. I conclude that Jesus’ birth and conception are recorded as miraculous and seem to be consistent with how this event was historically regarded by the Christian church in the first few centuries at minimum. The text reads like this in the ESV:
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
While I debated with our youth ministry staff over the pro/cons of making such a theological statement, I ultimately decided to leave it out of the sermon. However, on this blog I want to suggest that Mary was something like God’s baby mamma. I believe this popular phrasing gets us close to what the Bible says about Jesus, about Mary, and about the nature of her pregnancy.