I usually see a street wide banner or sign which proclaims the above title in almost every Pro-Choice or NOW demonstration or march that is covered by National News Media. Why would these signs be carried by those who march? It is because the demonstrators recognize something which most Christian leaders will not address, and most Christian church attenders do not know or do not want to acknowledge.
The unknown and often unacknowledged fact is that Jesus Christ represents every man, woman and child that has ever been conceived in any woman’s womb. Almost every Christian will readily acknowledge that Jesus died on the Cross on their behalf and rose again, bodily, on the third day. This acknowledgement and confession of His Lordship is what defines, at its most basic, CHRISTIANITY. In fact, Jesus, represented all men in the flesh, from the time of His conception, until the time of His exaltation. Holy Scripture makes these tenets very plainly known.
Once acknowledged, the above stated facts will easily define for us when a viable human life is in the womb. So what do the Scriptures tell us about when Jesus was actually recognized as a flesh and blood human person –“the Christian’s Lord and Savior”? The Bible tells us in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew! (I will only reference the Scripture quotations which are pertinent to the question of viability of human life.)
Luke 1:26-27. “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.”
The question raised in this Scripture is: To what does the sixth month pertain? Answer – the age of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb. That same John the Baptist who the adult Jesus recognized as among the greatest of prophets. (Matthew 11:11)
At this point, in the Gospel of Luke, Mary is visited by an archangel of God named Gabriel. Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive and bear the Son of God (Luke 1:31-32). “Listen, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son and shall call His Name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His fatherDavid.” Gabriel then explains how this conception will happen in Luke 1:35. “The angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore the Holy One who will be born will be called the Son of God.’”
Then the angel tells Mary that her cousin Elizabeth is six months pregnant at which point Gabriel gives us a memorable quote which is often repeated in both Christian and non-Christian circles. Luke 1:37. “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
After these announcements Mary immediately and quickly went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who would have resided in a town called Ein Karem. We could visit that town in Israel today. Ein Karem is about 70 to 80 miles from Mary’s home town of Nazareth. Assuming a young woman would travel with the safely of a group or trade caravan, the trip would probably take less than ten days for a slow moving group.
Upon arriving at Elizabeth’s house in Ein Karem, Elizabeth and her baby, John, recognized the Lord Jesus in Mary’s womb. Luke 1:43-44. “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Indeed, as soon as the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” John recognized the Lordship of Jesus.
John the Baptist was six months in the womb and recognized Jesus as a viable human person in Mary’s womb.Two things are made obvious in this Scriptural account of Christmas.
First – John the Baptist had human cognition in the second trimester, at six months of age, in his mother’s womb. And second – Both John the Baptist and his mother recognized Jesus (the representation of all humanity!) as a viable human baby when Jesus had been alive in Mary’s womb for no more than approximately 15 days from conception.
Three months later, after John the Baptist’s birth, Mary returned to Nazareth. Joseph noticed Mary was obviously with child and decided that he could not go through with the marriage. Joseph then was visited by the angel and told the baby in Mary’s womb would be called Jesus and that Jesus would save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21. “She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
At three months of age the angel and Joseph recognized Jesus as a viable human being.
In the Bible accounts of the birth and conception of Jesus and John, the babies in the wombs, both John the Baptist and Jesus, are recognized as human persons in the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy. Maybe it is about time we should recognize the same?!
Is it any wonder pro-choice, pro-abortion marchers wish Mary had aborted Jesus??!!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,The Prince of Peace.”