Jesus Was a Fetus

Fifty-seven million. Do you know what that number represents? Before I tell you, I want you to know I am not trying to be political or unkind. The American public has politicized this issue to death with very little fruit to show for it. So I’m not trying to be harsh or partisan. This issue should elicit the deepest wells of compassion because the number represents much pain and strife.

I give you the number in case you do not know. I give you the number so the scope of the issue is clear. I give you the number because I hope you will see its connection with God’s work in the world.

In 1973, Roe v. Wade made unrestricted abortion a right in the United States. As of January 2015, some forty-three years later, the total number of reported abortions performed in the United States had reached 57,762,169.

Researchers classify approximately five of ten pregnancies in the United States as “unwanted pregnancies”—a hideous term. Of those, 40 percent end in abortion. Those percentages yield the fifty-seven million total.

If that number had been true in the first century, how might it have affected God’s plan? If Mary, Joseph, and the first-century world lived in a context like today’s United States, how do you imagine abortion laws might have impacted God’s plan to redeem sinners?

Luke covers two miraculous pregnancies in his opening chapter. In verses 5-25 God miraculously opens the womb of an old woman named Elizabeth. In verses 26-38 God miraculously opens the womb of a virgin girl named Mary. Both scenes follow the same pattern: The angel Gabriel appears, he announces the miracle, the people have questions, then Gabriel further explains God’s plan. Our text concludes with Mary and Elizabeth together, praising God (vv. 39-56).

Luke does not begin his Gospel with a full-grown Jesus or even with an infant Jesus. Luke begins his Gospel in the wombs of two women. In doing so Luke tells us about the dignity and importance of pregnancy and children. He illustrates how God in infinite wisdom placed the weight of his entire plan of redemption on the back of an unborn baby.

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