May 1

Isaiah 49-51, Psalm 119:65-96

What do Pope John Paul II, Steve Jobs, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Cher, Jack Nicholson, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow have in common? All were almost aborted. We live at a time when abortion is rampant and all clamor to the concept of the child being the property of the mother with no rights of it's own. If one looks at the reasons for abortion: 75% claim having a child would interfere with their education, work, or ability to care for other dependents; 73% claim they could not afford a baby now; 48% did not want to be a single mother or in a problem relationship with the father of the baby; 40% claim that they are already finished childbearing; 33% claim they are not ready to have a baby; less than 1% is due to rape/incest or birth defects. When people ask why is there no cure for cancer? Perhaps, the inventor of that cure was made in the womb, but aborted. If people wonder why the choice of national leaders in the various nations are so poor? Perhaps, there was a wonderful choice made in the womb, but aborted.

We read in Isaiah 49:1,5, "...The Lord has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name...And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, And God shall be My strength),". These verses refer to the future Messiah, Jesus Christ, in one of the Servant Song passages in the book of Isaiah concerning the first coming of our Messiah, Messiah ben Joseph. We read in Jeremiah 1:5 what the Holy Spirit gave to Jeremiah concerning himself, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." David wrote concerning himself in Psalm 139:13-16, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest part of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them." In Luke 1:13-17, not only is Zacharias foretold that his barren wife will have a child, but he is told that it will be a son, he is told what to name him, he is told how to raise him, and he is told what his commission will be. So, for those who like to consider or describe the baby in the womb before he/she is born as a worthless piece of tissue, these verses which describe the pre-born existence of Jesus, John the Baptist, the prophet Jeremiah and King David speak otherwise.

God is the giver of life, we are not. He and He alone has the right to determine which life is deemed worthy or not; not the mother or the father, not society, not our legal system, not the physician caring for the patient. Christian evangelist Nick Vujicic was born without any limbs and the world has been blessed with his life. Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Andrea Bocelli were all born blind and the world has been blessed by them. Madeline Stuart who is a model was born with Down's Syndrome and the world has been blessed by her. We make the mistake when we consider the life inside the mother as a mistake and not a blessing, no matter how it was conceived. To look at the pre-born life as anything less than the life outside the womb is a societal view but has never been God's view. When one studies how intricate God's creation is inside the womb and how He cares for the unborn child you have to marvel at His creation and see just how special God considers this life. May we all stand unified in our stance for the unborn and against abortion. If any who read this have participated in any way in an abortion previously, realize God does not want you to feel guilty for the rest of your life. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to offer forgiveness for any and all sins. Your peace over this issue and your past is just one prayer away. Though man likes to say he forgives but he will not forget. We have a God who both forgives and chooses to forget all of our sins if we bring them before Him in repentance, as we read in Hebrews 8:12, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." The abortion debate is framed in shades of gray by society listing exceptions and "realities", but as with every other issue, with God the issue is black and white.

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Marj Lancaster