Written by cycleguy on December 22nd, 2014

If you read yesterday’s post, you will know of my change in the sermon. In my study Saturday night I ran across an interesting thought about births. Many try to make out like Jesus’ Virgin Birth was insignificant; it was like many other births-real or imaginary. I ran across this:

In 1934 the Dionne sisters became the first known set of quintuplets to survive infancy. They were the biggest tourist attraction in Canada for more than a decade.

In 1974 the first set of sextuplets to survive infancy were born in Cape Town, Africa.

In 1997 the first set of septuplets to survive infancy were born in Iowa.

In 1978, Louise Brown was born in England. It is notable because she is the first “test tube” baby conceived by way of in vitro fertilization.

In 2008 a woman gave birth to octuplets by means of in vitro fertilization. (Must be a lesson here somewhere). 😉

Even in the Bible we have some amazing births. Abraham (100) and Sarah (90) gave birth to Isaac. Manoah’s barren wife gave birth to Samson. Hannah’s barren womb was opened for her to give birth to Samuel. Zechariah and Elizabeth (well beyond child-bearing age) gave birth to John.

But every one of the previously mentioned births required two things: a sperm and an egg. That is what makes Jesus’ birth unique. Luke 1:35 says, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God.” Contrary to what one of the cults says, Elohim did not come down to earth and have physical sex with Mary. This was completely a miraculous birth.

I am traveling to Ohio this week. I actually left Monday morning so I don’t plan to blog again until this weekend. I hope you have a Christmas filled with wonder-the wonder of celebrating the birth of Jesus and all it brings.


I am thankful for each one of you.


20 Comments so far ↓

  1. Betty Draper says:

    I’m thankful for you too Bill, for your humility and honesty on your blog. Thanks for sharing some of what goes on in a pastor mind. Until ones has walked in your shoes they cannot understand the responsibility you carry to be pure before the Lord. Those who teach or preach His Word carry an extra weight. There is tons of things we can get wrong but God help us to get eternal things right. Merry Christmas.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Betty. I’m humbled by your way of thinking about me. You allude to something really important to me: what goes on in a pastor’s mind. We are often set too high above others. Merry Christmas to you and Ace and your family.

  2. Daniel says:

    Happy Holidays to you …. Just kidding, Merry Christmas my friend.

  3. the Old Adam says:

    True man…and True God.

    The Mormons and those other cults are of the devil.

    A good trip, Bill…and a Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well as to all your readers here!

  4. Merry Christmas, Bill. Thankful for you.

  5. Merry and Blessed Christmas, Bill!

  6. Ike says:

    For Jesus to be God…He must be born of God. Joseph…a man..and Mary..a woman..cannot produce God. God cannot be born into this world by natural human processes. There’s no way He could be God apart from being conceived by God. The virgin birth is an underlying assumption in everything the Bible says about Jesus. To throw out the virgin birth is to reject Christ’s deity..the accuracy and authority of Scripture..and a host of other related doctrines central to the Christian faith. No issue is more important than the virgin birth to our understanding of who Jesus is.

    Have a blessed Christmas pastor…you are appreciated,

  7. Oh, haha – I forgot I was reading your post later and you had already preached by the time I read that post. Well, I said a prayer anyway even though it was Tuesday. Haha.
    Merry Christmas, Bill!

  8. floyd says:

    Safe journey to you and Jo. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May God bless you in all ways.

    • cycleguy says:

      2/3 of the traveling is over until Friday when we head back home. Thanks for your prayers. I really appreciate your friendship my friend. (Hope that wedding goes ok as well)

  9. Merry Christmas, Bill. So happy to have found your blog. Very much enjoying getting to know you.

    Hoping all have a John 3:16 one day.

  10. Sharon says:

    I think it’s wise to focus on the singularity of Christ’s birth. A regular, human birth is rather a miracle in my opinion. But, to think of the Creator of the world speaking into existence the Messiah – well, it takes my breath away!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Bill.

    Looking forward to sharing the journey in 2015.


  11. Caleb Suko says:

    Bill, I’m still preparing for my Christmas sermon. We are planning to have a service on Christmas eve, January 6th where I will be preaching. Then we have another service on Christmas morning, January 7th. I hope your sermon went well.