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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our Lord in the Womb

Luke 1:39-44 (ESV):

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

There is no Bible text that says, exactly, "life begins at conception."
And yet there are Bible passages that make little sense if life beginning at conception is not true;
one such passage is quoted above.

Some notable phrases from this passage:

"In those days:" In the days immediately following the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary concerning the fact that she would conceive and bear a son called "Jesus" (Luke 1:26-38). Jesus was apparently newly conceived in Mary's womb.

"the baby leaped in her womb:" Elizabeth's baby, in the womb, engages in personal action due to the presence of the Person in Mary's womb.

"the mother of my Lord:" Prior to Jesus' birth, and close to the time He was conceived, Mary was already recognized as His mother.

To have dismembered either the "fruit of [Mary's] womb" or the leaping baby in Elizabeth's womb would have certainly been murder.

The Bible clearly teaches continuity of personhood from the baby in the womb (even the newly conceived baby in the womb) with the newly born child and the fully grown adult. The Jesus that Mary carried in her womb a short time after Gabriel's announcement is the same Jesus whom she laid in a manger, the same Jesus who died on the Cross, and the same Jesus who rose on the third day.

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