The Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Isn’t it interesting that God chose to make a virgin with child His promised sign of the coming Savior? Why not something more verifiable? Why not something more irrefutable?
Gabriel’s first words to Mary after his introduction were, “Do not be afraid, Mary…” but maybe she should have been. She was visited by an angel, pregnant with the Savior of the world, and looking at the dubious prospect of having to convince her betrothed, her parents, her friends and neighbors that she didn’t do what they all would surely think that she had done. If that’s not cause for some nervousness, I don’t know what is.
God’s blessings are often burdens, as well. He asks us to carry truth that cannot be proved with science, facts or figures. The world calls us foolish and naïve for believing in things that seem so unbelievable, but the power is in the paradox. If, against all rationality, we live fully confident of the Truth so that our actions match our beliefs, our lives become a compelling testimony.
The proof of the virgin birth is that Mary and Joseph endured the whispers, the disapproving looks, the unkind rumors, the stigma of the promiscuous woman. The proof of the resurrection is that ten eye-witnesses sacrificed their lives to proclaim it. The proof of God’s extravagant unconditional love is that we are willing to give it even when it is met with indifference, ridicule, hatred and persecution.
Would our demonstrations of unconditional love over the past week be enough to convince anyone?