Each year for the past seven years we have looked at an aspect of the birth of Jesus and challenged readers to consider a fresh perspective: that Dec 25 was not chosen to replace a pagan celebration; the origin of the Christmas tree is also not pagan. We also looked the nature of the star and why the magi came from the East, and why the swaddling clothes were an important clue to the shepherds. These can be read on our December feeds from previous years at https://anazao.com.au/category/anazao-updates/ However, you will need to be at your most flexible for this year’s challenge!
We wrongly assume that when the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary (Luke 1:35) he supernaturally supplied the sperm or male component of the fertilisation process and Mary supplied the ovum. The reality is that the Holy Spirit supplied both ovum and sperm. In other words, Jesus was miraculously implanted as either a single cell but more likely a complete embryo into Mary’s womb. We will look at four compelling reasons, as well as other supporting reasons, why it is not possible for Mary to have contributed her ovum. We will also see how Jesus can still be from the line of David without being directly biologically connected through Mary’s ovum. We will tackle this issue over next three years since it is an important topic and Facebook is not fundamentally a teaching platform. For those who can’t wait, many of these reasons are outlined in our book, “Underestimating Satan,” available from Amazon worldwide or our website store as a PDF at www.anazao.com.au. This year we will look at two of these reasons.
The problem of generational iniquity Making Mary sinless, as Catholics and Orthodox Christians do, doesn’t solve the problem of the iniquity of her parents, grandparents and beyond still impacting Jesus. Generational iniquity affects every human being – spirit, soul and body – both then and now. That is why David says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Ps 51:5) What David means is that at conception he inherited the sin of Adam which also includes the compounded sin, or iniquity, from his ancestors. Spiritually, this means that at the moment of conception familial spirits – demons – enter that single cell we all once were. Remember, demons are non-physical so it is not ‘crowded’ in that single cell!
At a soul level it mean a tendency towards rebellion and isolation from God and others. “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him.” (Isa 53:6)
At a body level, this means inheriting all the mutations on my DNA that will result in sickness and disease being expressed in my life as I develop.
Thousands of hours of clinical experience has taught us that generational iniquity can impact us well beyond the third and fourth generations so even if Mary was sinless and her parents, grandparents and great grandparents were sinless, it doesn’t insulate Mary and her ova from the effects of Adam’s sin.
Jesus had to be perfect in spirit, soul and body from the moment of his conception and consequently needed to be free from demons, the tendency or push towards selfish rebellion and with perfect dysfunction-free DNA.
The problem of spiritual death “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor 15:22) This verse cannot mean physical death because even as believers in Christ we still physically die. It means that in Adam all spiritually die through separation from God. We begin our existence separated from God (Ephesians 2:1-3) and only through Christ can intimacy with God be re-established; he indwells us and we are made spiritually alive. Like all of us, Mary began her existence separated from God and when she received the complete cell or embryo that was Jesus into her womb, she was still separated from God. The penalty for her sin would eventually be paid by her son but that had not happened yet. If Jesus had half of Mary’s genetic material, then he would have been conceived separated from God, spiritually dead, and with familial spirit of death attached to him. This is simply not possible.
Why? Because only an absolutely pure and sinless sacrifice could stand in our place and redeem humanity. Only someone who was completely free from any hint of Adam’s sin could set us free from Adam’s sin. Only someone who was in continuous unbroken relationship with God could restore our broken relationship with God.