Why is the virgin birth central to the gospel message? What can we learn about God’s plan for redemption through the nativity?

This core Christian doctrine teaches us that Christianity is not just a moral teaching but a supernatural intervention into the natural order of the world. Jesus’ divine conception reminds us that His life was something way out of the ordinary, the beginning of a new era. It reminds us that we must start our journey with Christianity by viewing it not just as a moral code to living, but as a supernatural experience that we cannot take lightly. It impacts other core doctrines such as the triune nature of God, Christ’s atonement for sin on the cross, and the trustworthiness of scripture. Without the virgin birth, the story of Jesus is dramatically different, and ultimately the entire gospel message.

Matthew 1:18-25