Sunday Devotional: The child to be born will be the Son of God

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Luke 1:26-35

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”

Today is the third Sunday of Advent — a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

In Luke 1‘s account of angel Gabriel’s visitation of Mary, it was made clear that:

  1. Mary was a virgin.
  2. She conceived a child not by man but “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.
  3. Her child is the Son of God.

Translated into the language of modern biology, what this means is that Jesus’ DNA would have no Y chromosome because He was not fathered by a human male.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all (except RNA viruses) known living organisms. DNA segments carrying this genetic information are called genes. A chromosome is an organized structure of DNA and protein found in cells. It is a single piece of coiled DNA containing many genes, regulatory elements, other nucleotide sequences, and proteins that package the DNA and control its functions.

In human beings, as in all mammals, sex/gender is determined by the XY chromosomes. The XY sex chromosomes are different in shape and size from each other. Females have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX), while males have two distinct sex chromosomes (XY). A male child gets his Y chromosome from his biological father. The combination of two Y chromosomes is always lethal in humans.

Within the Y chromosome is a gene, SRY, that is the sex-determining region of the Y chromosome. Once SRY is activated, cells create testosterone and anti-müllerian hormone to turn the genderless sex organs into male. With females, their cells excrete estrogen, driving the body down the female pathway.

In his book, The Physics of Christianity (Doubleday, 2007), Tulane University physicist Dr. Frank J. Tipler reasons that if the Gospels’ account of the virgin birth is true, then Jesus’ DNA makeup would have no Y chromosome because he did not have a human father. Instead, Jesus wouldhave two X chromosomes. However, since Jesus was clearly male, he must have the SRY gene. But the SRY gene, instead of being in the Y chromosome, was inserted into a location where it is not normally found – inside one of the two X chromosomes imparted from Mary, his mother.

And that’s exactly what a team of Italian researchers found.

In January 1995, led by Professor Marcello Calane of the Institute of Legal Medicine in Genoa, a group of Italian researchers, including several workers who had invented the standard DNA test for gender, conducted a DNA analysis of the blood on the Shroud of Turin and on the Oviedo Cloth, also called the Sudarium of Oviedo. Note that:

  • A recent report by scientists confirms that the Shroud is not a fake.
  • Mark Guscin provides strong evidence that the Sudarium of Oviedo is the cloth described in John 20:7 as being wrapped around Jesus’ head.
  • Both the Shroud and the Sudarium show bloodstains on the head in approximately the same position, formed by sharp objects similar to what thorns would produce. Jesus was the only person in recorded history to have been crowned with thorns before crucifixion. (Janice Bennett, author of Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo, New Evidence for the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin)
  • The blood found on both the Shroud and the Sudarium is Type AB (National Review). AB is the rarest blood type, found in only 4% of the general population.

Here is Dr. Tipler’s account (from pages 183-187 of his book):

Normally, the results of a DNA test of the blood on such a famous object would be published in English in a major scientific journal.… Not so the results of this DNA test. The results were published, in Italian, in the very obscure Italian journal devoted to the study of the Turin Shroud. Furthermore, only the raw data were published. That is, the Genoa team published black-and-white Xerox copies of the computer output of the DNA analyzer. This is never, never done. Always, the data are presented in a neat table or figure, and they are accompanied by a discussion of their significance. The Genoa team made no effort to interpret their data.

But I was able to interpret the data at once. They are the expected signature of the DNA of a male born in a Virgin Birth! …

The Turin Shroud data show 107 (106+1) but no trace of a 112 base pair gene. The Oviedo Cloth data show 105 (106-1) but no trace of a 112 base pair. The X chromosome is present, but there is no evidence of a Y chromosome. This is the expected signature of … virgin birth, the XX male generated by an SRY inserted into an X chromosome. It is not what would be expected of a standard male.

Other explanations are possible. The DNA analyzed could be entirely contaminated from people who later touched the Shroud and the Cloth. But we have witnesses that men touched the two samples also, and it seems incredible that no trace of male contamination would be seen…. Another possibility is that the Turin Shroud and the Oviedo Cloth are fakes and that the fakes used real blood from males they knew were born of virgins. This possibility, in my opinion, has zero probability.

The DNA data thus support the virgin birth hypothesis. The DNA data supporting a virgin birth also support the hypothesis that both the Turin Shroud and the Oviedo Cloth are genuine.

So much for Rudolf Bultmann, a leading theologian of the 1930s, who once sneeringly said: “Myths [like the Virgin Birth] are difficult to believe in these days of electric lights.”

On the contrary, it is precisely the “electric lights” of science that point to the miraculous and true nature of the Shroud and the Oviedo Cloth.

Isaiah 9:1-6

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing . . . .
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

May the joy and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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17 responses to “Sunday Devotional: The child to be born will be the Son of God

  1. We are so blessed

  2. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for this beautiful devotional. Merry Christmas!

  3. Ron Wyatt of Wyatt Archaeological Research also did some research on the Blood of Jesus:

    Wyatt Archaeological Research

  4. What a marvelous and insightful lesson for this Christmas Season. Thank you Dr Eowyn — you have outdone yourself.

  5. “Here is Dr. Tipler’s account (from pages 183-187 of his book):

    Normally, the results of a DNA test of the blood on such a famous object would be published in English in a major scientific journal.… Not so the results of this DNA test. The results were published, in Italian, in the very obscure Italian journal devoted to the study of the Turin Shroud. Furthermore, only the raw data were published. That is, the Genoa team published black-and-white Xerox copies of the computer output of the DNA analyzer. This is never, never done. Always, the data are presented in a neat table or figure, and they are accompanied by a discussion of their significance. The Genoa team made no effort to interpret their data.”

    And good thing the results WEREN’T published first in a major scientific journal.

    Because something(s) would’ve been suppressed, altered so the team studying the Shroud would’ve been discredited, ridiculed, ostracized, etc. Follow the $$$$$, and finding out who foots the bill, reveals a lot.

  6. Let us not forget the Blessed Virgin Mary at Christmas. She said “yes”. The decision to bear the Christ Child was not forced upon her. After centuries of waiting this incredible human being said “yes” in complete submission to the will of God. Gabriel came and knelt in the presence of Mary because she was holier than he. The angels of God held their breaths and waited, then rejoiced. “Glory to God in the highest.” With God Mary epitomizes St Paul’s phrase. “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7) We should also rejoice. She said “yes” should be part of our Christmas song. Have a Blessed Christmas.

    • Indeed, yes and thrice yes!

      This is a remarkable post by Dr Eowyn. I’m sure most believers are unaware that genetic evidence exists (and has since 1995, which is astonishing in itself) to corroborate that which we take as an article of faith. And that this evidence also serves to confirm the authenticity of the Shroud and the Cloth.

      Interestingly, I find my response to this information is to bring my mind and spirit closer to the moment at which that young woman, barely more than a girl, gave God the most significant “yes” in all of human history. Her faith and spiritual maturity are truly our examples; her willing obedience to the call of God to undertake something her contemporaries could never comprehend, a challenge to us all.

      It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, the ever blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; you who without corruption gave birth to God the Word: true Theotokos, you do we magnify.

  7. Jesus was clearly and unambiguously male, and His Blessed Mother was clearly and unambiguously female. The fact that Jesus could actually have two X chromosomes is explained by the presence of the SRY factor. What I cannot understand is how His Blessed Mother was able to carry this within Her until the conception occurred.
    But occur it did, and this shows that God not only is All-Knowing, but He is also All-Powerful, and He chose to use Nature in this way in the only time it was ever done. And God is also able to perform miracles—achieving the desired end result without secondary causes Nature is confined to—without violating the Laws of Nature in any way.

    As God Almighty was able to perform this miracle, it ought to be proof enough of His Demand that we be sexually pure. For God created or “invented” sex for His Reasons, procreation foremost among them, and that this responsibility must be taken most seriously. Therefor let no person with a sexual problem proclaim that he “was born this way” or that God accepts this deviance as normal or something to celebrate.
    In consenting to be born of a Virgin in this manner, God is showing ALL HISTORY that—1) HE CANNOT LIE OR TELL A FALSEHOOD, 2) That He Freely Chose to intervene in human history in a PERSONAL MANNER, and, 3) That He is telling us that He respects us—His Creation—all the more in condescending to take on human nature and become a man. So not only did the biology of this singular event work perfectly, but I dare say that Jesus, being True God AND True Man, WAS NOT STERILE. He did not suffer from concupiscence, but He was—and remains—True Man in every sense, and that would also include His Manhood, and I believe that He was and is, virile.
    This is and can be NO LAUGHING MATTER: The Salvation of Humanity was at stake in the Person of Jesus Christ, and God the Father would accept nothing less than a Perfect Sacrifice of a Perfect Man, His only begotten Son.
    Not all the morally corrupted priests in the world (and count Martin Luther among them) nor all the Talmudic scholars nor all the other contrarian theologies in the world can conquer this FACT, and neither will the Anti-Christ, when he will be allowed to appear. (And appear he will).
    So although I cannot understand biology, let alone chromosomes and DNA in their totality, I know that God would NEVER LIE. Therefore this discovery of Christ’s biology MUST be true!

    • Steve, what did you not like about Martin Luther?

      • Tim: For one thing, Luther took it upon himself to decide what Books should be in the Bible and what should not. As a (former) Catholic priest, he did not get to decide that. Luther was a revolutionary and a rebel, and, BY HIS OWN ADMISSION, he was a drunkard and a murderer.
        This IS NOT to degrade Protestants as people. My late mother’s side of the family was and is Protestant. (Mom and two of her younger siblings converted). They are better people than I. So I’m not criticizing the Protestant, but the revolutionary, the nihilist, who started the Rebellion we know as the Reformation. Luther placed himself and his followers in schism, and HE KNEW IT.

        • I guess I really can’t be too critical of Martin Luther because I have never read his 95 Theses and I have never read his THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL, where he probably talks about the total depravity of man. I don’t believe in total depravity.

          I believe Luther came on the scene because there was a lot of corruption in the Catholic hierarchy and people were buying indulgences (buying their way into heaven). Luther preached justification by faith. But some people confuse justification with salvation. We are saved by faith and works just like the Book of James says; we also work out our own salvation with fear and trembling: it is a process of taking up our cross daily and following Christ.

          I was raised in a very Irish Catholic family dominated by a left of center father who rejected Christ. My mom came from a Missouri Synod Lutheran family, most of whom are devoted Christians. The greatest man of God I have ever met was Fr. Greving, a Catholic priest from West Bend, Iowa: he was the first man to tell me about the Blood of Jesus and the first man I ever heard pray in tongues; he was a prayer warrior and had a healing ministry.

          I have read most or all of the written works of John of the Cross (John Yepes) and Theresa of Avila–two very deep Christian mystics from Spain; they would have been considered counter Reformation Catholics. I am not into denominations: church membership does not save us. I am somewhat allergic to Calvinism. I gravitate towards those who abide in Christ.

          Here is an excellent sermon by a Catholic priest; he is preaching against abortion and homosexuality:

  8. Thank you to all for your comments. ❤️

  9. And with Your Spirit. Thank You Dr. Eowyn for your dedication and for those who may doubt, He is the Son of God and the Virgin Mary. HE IS THE LIGHT.

  10. I’d like to propose a different theory. Jesus was not Mary’s biological child. God placed the the fetus baby Jesus in Mary’s womb. Mary was the vessel that God used. Mary was a surrogate. God was able to put a perfect human being inside Mary. He did not need her DNA. He created a perfect human being. He could not use Mary’s because she was conceived and born in sin.

    This makes sense when we look at how Christ was able to live His life without sin.

    • You’re free to believe whatever you want, but the surrogacy idea sounds completely contrary to natural biology created by God. Real Christianity REJECTS any and all forms of surrogacy or in-vitro fertilization. Nature would have to take its course from God, and this is what I believe happened.
      As (a poor excuse for) a Catholic, I believe that Mary was free of every last stain of Original and personal sin from the moment of her Conception. If what you say were to be actually true, then it would follow that, in the words of L. Ron Hubbard, “Christ died for his own sins”—which a true Christian regards as insane.

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