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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, December 13, 2015

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

That is a wonderful verse to think about at Christmas time! Here is a prophecy which was given in the Old Testament 700 years before Jesus was born. It tells us that the Virgin Mary would conceive a child by a miracle of God. It should not surprise us that this verse is hated and mocked by liberal scholars. They do everything they can to discredit it and say it does not refer to the birth of Jesus.

In your secular college or university, virtually every professor, in every department, is, in fact, an atheist. Dr. Wilbur M. Smith said, “the denial of the very existence of saturating so tragically the whole philosophic and religious thinking of our day. This is nothing less than atheism...a naturalistic humanism is sweeping almost unimpeded through educational and religious circles” (Wilbur M. Smith, D.D., Therefore Stand, Keats Publishing, 1981 edition, p. 71).

You can see the results of atheism all around us at Christmas time. The old Christmas carols, which praised God and Jesus His Son, are gone. They have been replaced by silly songs – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” – that kind of stuff. I don’t think those songs are completely wrong, but they should not replace the great Christmas carols, as they do today. I’ve been “Dreaming of a White Christmas” since 1949 when we had one in Los Angeles. But we’ve never had another one – and what has it got to do with Jesus anyway? People say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” That really bothers me a lot! When I was in college the lights in City Hall were turned on in the shape of a cross all through the Christmas season. The atheists got that banned. Little children in grade school are not allowed to give Christmas cards to each other. It goes on and on – as the atheists and humanists use every means possible to wipe out God and Christ from public view. Drop out of their secular holiday! Be here in church for the Christmas banquet on Sunday night, December 20! Drop out of their secular madness. Be here in church on Christmas Eve, on Thursday night, December 24. Don’t participate in their secular parties! Be here in church on New Year’s Eve, Thursday night, December 31! Down with secular humanism! Down with those who belittle Christmas and the Virgin Birth of Christ!

And, yes, this trend goes on in most theological seminaries as well. I graduated from two liberal seminaries. The professors there taught us not to believe in miracles – especially the Virgin Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. They are like Harry Emerson Fosdick who wrote a famous sermon called “The Peril of Worshipping Jesus” (The Hope of the World, p. 96). He said it is wrong to worship Jesus, that Jesus is not the divine Son of God! Dr. D. James Kennedy, a godly Bible-believing Presbyterian, wrote, “For some reason the virgin birth of Christ has come under greater attack than any other miracle in the New Testament... A group calling themselves the ‘Jesus Seminar’ grabbed headlines. The group consisted of a few dozen of the most liberal radical theologians in America. Their purpose was to vote...on their opinion of the truth of the Gospel stories. This...research of theirs is really no research at all. It is merely an expression of their unbelief. They voted, for instance, that the Virgin Birth of Christ never occurred, that the visit of the wise men was fiction” (D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Why I Believe, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1980, pp. 117, 118).

What is wrong with these men? It’s really simple – men like that have never been converted. They are lost men, wandering in the darkness of atheism and unbelief. They are “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). They are, “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). They are “sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 19).

Did you ever wonder what is wrong with President Obama? Did you ever wonder why he can’t seem to understand the threat of Islamic extremism? I’ll tell you what’s wrong with him. He graduated from Harvard University, where he swallowed every liberal, humanistic, atheistic idea they told him! That’s what’s wrong with him! Furthermore, he was a member of an extremely liberal, humanistic church for 22 years. He had his children “baptized” there. That’s right. His pastor was the radical unbeliever Dr. Jeremiah Wright – the preacher you all heard on TV screaming “God damn America! God damn America!” That’s what is wrong with Mr. Obama! He sat for 22 years under the preaching of a man who doesn’t believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ! That’s what’s wrong with him! Tell somebody I said that!

And let me tell you something if you are reading this sermon or watching it on YouTube, or on our website. If you are going to church, go up to the pastor and ask him, “Do you believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ?” Go ahead, ask him. If he stutters, or equivocates, or says “no” – this is what you should do. Pick up your Bible and walk out the door – and never go back to that church as long as you live! That’s what you should do! Do it! Do it! Do it! Amen. Praise the name of Jesus!

And what if you yourself don’t believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus? What should you do? Well, first of all, you should admit that you are not a real Christian. Admit it! You are no Christian! You are a lost sinner! Dr. Kennedy said, “Does it make a difference? It makes all the difference in this world, and in the world to come. If the Virgin Birth of Christ is not true, it subverts the entire Christian gospel, destroys the whole meaning of Jesus Christ as a Divine Redeemer, and robs us of all hope of salvation” (Kennedy, ibid., pp. 119, 120). Tell somebody at Fuller Theological Seminary I said that! If you do not believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ, I don’t care how many degrees you have. You are lost and going to a burning Hell! That is the truth! Tell somebody I said it!

Now, here is why you do not believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. Here are the reasons you don’t believe it.

I. First, you may never have heard of the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

In these awful days of apostasy and unbelief, many churches don’t preach this critical doctrine any more. So, even if you went to church, you probably never heard a preacher speak on the Virgin Birth. Most churches, even the conservative ones, no longer preach on the great doctrines of Christianity. They tell a few jokes. They tell a few stories. They give a self-improvement message. But very few preach on any of the great doctrines of Christianity.

I have attended countless preachers’ meetings, where a sermon was given. But every sermon (I mean every sermon) was motivational (how to do it). I never heard a single sermon on doctrine. Not one on the “rapture” – which would have been inspiring. Not one on prayer. Not one! Not one on the person of Christ. Not even one sermon (in over 25 years) on Jesus Christ Himself. So, when preachers get together, they never encourage each other with great doctrinal preaching. They always hear sermons on “how to do it.” I know “how to do it.” I have been in the ministry for 57 years! Since I don’t need to hear “how to do it,” I stopped going to the meetings. All their “how to do it” sermons sounded the same! Boring!

It’s the same in our churches. Nearly every preacher is telling his people “how to do it.” They preach as if everyone there is a Christian, and all they need to do is tell their people how to live the Christian life. But it gets horribly boring – bone-numbing boring – after a while.

Instead of “how to do it” sermons, we need great sermons on doctrine. Two of the most dynamic preachers of the 20th century were Dr. W. A. Criswell and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Both of them were doctrinal preachers. Dr. Criswell gave us a series of books on “Great Doctrines of the Bible.” Lloyd-Jones has a book titled, “The Great Doctrines of the Bible” (Crossway, 2003). Listen to the titles of some of his sermons from that book: “Original Sin,” “The Incarnation,” “The Deity and Humanity of Christ,” “The Mighty Process of the Holy Spirit,” “Conversion,” “The Final Judgment,” etc. They are rich doctrinal sermons, centered on Christ. Dr. Michael Horton wrote a book titled “Christless Christianity” (Baker Books, 2008). Every preacher should read it. Surely, at Christmas, there should be preaching on the great doctrine of Christ’s Virgin Birth!

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

You may never have heard of the Virgin Birth of Christ because most preachers never speak on it, or even mention it today. God help us in these terrible days of apostasy!

II. Second, when you do hear about it, the Virgin Birth of Jesus seems unimportant to you.

Why is this true? It is because you do not think Christ is important. If Christ were important to you, you would be very interested in this vital doctrine. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). You must believe on Jesus and trust Him to be saved. Whether you believe on the Lord Jesus or reject Him determines whether you go to Heaven or Hell! Christ Himself said,

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).

What you do with Jesus determines whether you are saved from your sins or damned to eternal punishment in the fires of Hell! The Apostle Peter said, “Whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission [forgiveness] of sins” (Acts 10:43). Again, the Apostle Peter said,

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Only Jesus Christ can save you from sin!

I hear Thy welcome voice,
   That calls me, Lord, to Thee
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
   That flowed on Calvary.
I am coming, Lord!
   Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
   That flowed on Calvary.
(“I Am Coming, Lord” by Lewis Hartsough, 1828-1919).

But how can your sins be cleansed by the Blood of Jesus if He was not born of a virgin? As Dr. Kennedy said, “If the Virgin Birth of Christ is not true, it totally [destroys] the entire Christian gospel, destroys the whole meaning of Jesus Christ as a Divine Redeemer, and robs us of all hope of salvation” (ibid.).

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

If Jesus Christ was not born of a virgin,

*  He was an illegitimate child, not the peerless Son of God.

*  He was then a sinner just like the rest of us.

*  As a sinner He cannot be our Saviour, because His sacrifice had to be perfect.

*  Therefore, we have no Saviour at all.

*  We are still in our sins and have no forgiveness.

*  We have no hope at all after death.

(Adapted from Dr. Kennedy, ibid., pp. 118, 119).

III. Third, you must quickly trust the virgin-born Jesus.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, angels came down and sang to poor shepherds in a nearby field. I have been there. I have seen that field, called “the Shepherds’ Field” to this day. I preached one Sunday night at the Bible Baptist Church, right next to that field. When Jesus was born those shepherds walked a few blocks away to see the baby Jesus. The Bible says,

“They came with haste [they hurried], and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16).

Notice how wise the shepherds were. They came with haste. They hurried to come to Jesus. I plead with you this morning to trust Jesus quickly. Don’t wait. You have already waited too long. The Bible says, “Today.” Today is the day you heard of Jesus the Son of God. Today I am telling you that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. Today I am telling you that Jesus rose up from the dead on Easter Sunday morning. Today I am asking you to come quickly to the risen Christ. The shepherds came to Jesus “with haste.” They hurried to come to Jesus. You have waited too long already. Come to Jesus now. Dr. John R. Rice said,

You have waited and lingered still refusing the Saviour,
All His warnings so patient, all His pleadings so kind;
Thus you ate fruit forbidden, you believed Satan’s promise;
Thus your heart has been hardened, sin has darkened your mind.
Then how sad facing judgment, you’ll recall with no mercy
That you tarried and lingered till the Spirit was gone;
What reproaches and mourning, if when death finds you hopeless,
You have tarried and lingered and have waited too long.
   (“If You Linger Too Long” by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

Oh, stop waiting! Come to Jesus! Trust Him! Be cleansed from all sin by His Blood! Say in your heart,

I am coming, Lord!
   Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
   That flowed on Calvary.
(“I Am Coming, Lord” by Lewis Hartsough, 1828-1919).

And be sure you are here in church for the Christmas banquet next Sunday night. And be sure you are here in church on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as well! Father, I pray that someone will listen to me and come to Jesus. Amen.

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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

(Ephesians 2:12; Jude 4, 19)

I.   First, you may never have heard of the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

II.  Second, when you do hear about it, the Virgin Birth of Jesus seems
unimportant to you, Acts 16:31; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:43; 4:12.

III. Third, you must quickly trust the virgin-born Jesus, Luke 2:16.