Belief in the virgin birth is absolutely crucial to the Christian faith. Why crucial? Because Jesus, God’s Son, had to be free from the sinful nature that has been passed on to all other human beings since Adam. Jesus, borne of Mary, was a fully human being, but as the Son of God, Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. He was both fully human and fully divine. Jesus is Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14), God with us. He temporarily, gave up his place in heaven and came to earth as a man, so that He could stand in the place of man – to pay the price of our sin and to be our substitute, when it comes to our facing God’s judgment.