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    BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY(Question 35)

    35. What does it mean that He was "conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary?"
    That the Son of God through the Holy Spirit became flesh and bloody by the virgin Mary.

    As we move on in the Creed, we come to one of the most important events in history. The time when the Son of God came down from heaven and became a man. This was a promise that God had made to Adam and Eve in the Garden. Do you remember that promise? Let's look at it briefly so we can see how great this event was.

    Genesis 3:15

    Now after God made this promise, many hundreds of years went by. The people of God kept waiting for the Messiah or the Son of God to come. But nothing was happening. Finally God sent a prophet named Isaiah to give His people a word of encouragment about the coming Messiah.

    Isaiah 7:14

    But guess what? Even after this promise it took another four hundred years before the Messiah finally came. We all know the story-we celebrate it every Christmas.

    Matthew 1:18-23

    The birth of Jesus was good news for us who are sinners because when He became a Man He became like us. The Son of God who was with the Father forever was now on earth with His people. He who had never been tired was now knowing what it was like to be tired. He who had never been hungry now understood what it was like to be hungry. Jesus felt all the things we humans go through except for one-He never felt what it was like to sin. You see, we inherited sin from our father Adam. He passed it down to his kids, and they passed it all the way down to us. But Jesus was different. Since He had a heavenly Father and not an earthly father, Jesus did not inherit the sin that we did. That is why it was important for Mary to be a virgin.

    When we sin, we have a Great High Priest, a Messiah, who can understand why we did it. He knows what it is like to be tempted, what it is like to want to do what is wrong but the good news is that He never gave in. Let's look at this last passage from Hebrews:

    Hebrews 4:14-15