The Glory of the Unborn

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Obviously we beheld Christ’s glory in His miracles, at the transfiguration, and in the resurrection. But His glory was seen long before that.

While carrying the divinely conceived Son of God, Mary went to visit Elizabeth, who was also carrying a miraculously conceived son. When Mary greeted Elizabeth, the baby leaped in her womb for joy, and she rejoiced because the mother of her Lord had come to visit her.

Do note that Elizabeth’s Lord was still in Mary’s womb at that time, and the unborn child who would become John the Baptist had sensed the glory of the unborn Messiah.

At His birth, angels declared to the shepherds that a Savior had been born to them, and that they would find the baby wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger. The heavenly hosts then proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest!”

King Herod was afraid the child born in Bethlehem was a threat to his power and glory, and the magi bowed before Him and worshiped.

The glory of Christ was observed while in the womb, as a newborn, and as a child under the age of two. But from what we have been learning on Sunday nights, it’s probably a good thing that Christ wasn’t born today.

In the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, Justice Harry Blackmun stated unequivocally that the unborn baby is not a person. “The word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn.” He went on to state that if the fetus were recognized as a person, then abortion would necessarily be illegal.

A co-discoverer of the DNA double helix advocated waiting three days after a baby is born before deciding whether it should be allowed to live, and the other declared that “No newborn infant should be declared human until it has passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowment and if it fails these tests, it forfeits the right to life.” And Peter Singer, Bioethics Professor at Princeton, says even “a three-year old is a gray case.”

If Jesus came to earth today, He could be a candidate for abortion, or for what is called by some, “after-birth abortion.” Of course, that is only true if science is ignored, and a secular worldview is embraced.

As Nancy Pearcy notes, “With every advance of science, it becomes more evident that to be pro-life is to be on the side of science and reason. Scientists recently discovered that when a sperm meets an egg, an explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception. Scientists have even captured these astonishing fireworks on film. ‘To see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking,’ researchers said. Human life literally begins in a bright flash of light.”

Even though a sperm didn’t meet an egg in Mary’s womb, the glory of Christ was no doubt breathtaking the moment the holy conception took place.

God Bless, Rick

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