Jesus’s virginal conception is a miracle pertaining to Mother Mary, and is the foundation of the belief that the birth was the Holy Spirit’s miraculous work.
The Miracle in the infancy narratives
In the New Testament, there are two scriptures relating to this supernatural event, confirming Mother Mary
as a single, natural parent. They are also known as the infancy narratives.
Through the prophet, the Lord said:
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” Matthew 1:18-25
The event took place before Mother Mary
was agreed to marry Joseph, and after that Angel Gabriel had made known the Virgin Birth, the New Testament records Luke’s reaction as follows:
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35)
The angel also sought to reassure Joseph that he should still take Mary’s hand in marriage, despite him not playing a part in the birth:
“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. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Luke 1:26-38)
The miracle birth is a belief which runs through Christianity
, from the Orthodox
to Catholic and Protestant