Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy

(by David Mathis)

This week's sermon: "The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy"

Human life is a magnificent gift. No other beings in the universe continue to originate in God's image and live forever.

Despite the deceit and blindness in the world, the Christian church, throughout her history, has recognized the sanctity of human life. But the authority is not merely tradition but texts, like Job 1 and Psalm 139, which teach that it is God's prerogative to give and take life and it is God who knits persons together in the womb.

Luke 1 gives us a glimpse into the womb—and a glimpse into the inspired author's assumptions. Luke uses the word "baby" to denote not only the post-born Jesus in the manger (2:16) but also the preborn John in the womb (Luke 1:41, 44). Luke also notes that the preborn John was "filled with the Holy Spirit," a reality which the Bible only ascribes to persons.

The assumption is that the baby in the womb is a person. And the implication is that human life in the womb should be protected. The church's Savior didn't have to wait for birth to become a person; he was "Son of God" and "Lord" from conception.

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