The Child Born Was First Conceived

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Isaiah 9:6 is a profound statement regarding the birth of Christ that warrants a careful look and offers a lot of rich and significant truth. It was a prophecy written over 700 years before its promise was fulfilled and indeed it was fulfilled in all its magnificent detail. From the very first phrase we are told that a child would be born and later in the same verse we are told that the Child was Almighty God. Earlier in his prophecy Isaiah wrote: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (7:14). “Immanuel” means “God with us”, (Matthew 1:23), so Jesus was very God made flesh through the processes of birth. His birth was natural, but his conception was supernatural, (Matthew 1:20).

The Child born was first conceived. Can we ponder that in our hearts as Mary, His mother, must have done, (Luke 2:19)? Here is the Eternal Son of God, who has made all things and sustains all He has made by the word of His power, (Hebrews 1:2-3). The conception and formation of a child in the womb is identified as a creative act of God, (Psalm 139:13). From the moment of the conception of Jesus, this same Creator was being formed in the womb of His mother. The One who sustained her
was being sustained by her. Jesus was the Son of God who was “made flesh”, (John1:14), by being “made of a woman”, (Galatians 4:4). During the Christmas season our thoughts are turned to the humility of Jesus, born in a stable and laid in a manger, but the very fact He was born is an indescribable humility. Think of it: the Son of God became a Child born and subjected Himself to the maturing processes of human life, (Luke 2:52); Oh, but think about what happened before that: the Son of God became a seed, planted by the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the virgin Mary and was subjected to the natural processes of human development within her womb! The eternal Son of God was conceived and formed from a zygote, to an embryo, to a fetus!

This fact demands serious consideration. The Son of God did not cease to exist at His conception in the womb of His mother. There was no point in His entrance into humanity where He was not life. This great mystery of His birth insists that at the very moment of His conception God was becoming human and His life was without interruption, from God to God-Man. That which was developing in the womb of Mary over her nine month pregnancy was not merely a collection of cells, tissues and fetal matter. What was happening in Mary’s womb was the weaving together of all that is humanity – the DNA, of the human body together with the soul and spirit, so that God became very man. There is nothing in the history of mankind that cries out against the sin of abortion with such inarguable force as the conception and birth of Jesus.

To reinforce the argument of His life in the womb, we can appeal to the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5-11, where He writes of the humility of Christ in becoming a human being. His ultimate
condescension is not described in terms of His conception and birth, but in that “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” It was laying down His life that was His most humiliating act and He only laid it down once. There was no point in His eternal existence where He was not life until He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin. In the womb He was alive, but on the cross He died.

Human life begins at conception which makes abortion a great evil of our day. According to the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform there are 42 million abortions world-wide per year with 1.37 million of them in the
United States. The reason given for 93% of all abortions is that the child is unwanted or inconvenient. This is a blind disregard for the sanctity of human life and the fact that all life has purpose. Thank God that unto us Jesus was born and His life in the womb was preserved. Jesus came to be our Savior. God did not allow anything to prevent His birth and thereby thwart His purpose. Jesus is the only means of salvation for a lost and dying world, and the forgiveness of any and all sin, including abortion, is guaranteed to those who in repentance and faith turn to Him.

Philip Hoffman

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“The dignity of human life is unbreakably linked to the existence of the personal-infinite God. It is because there is a personal-infinite God who has made men and women in His own image that they have a unique dignity of life as human beings. Human life then is filled with dignity, and the state and humanistically oriented law have no right and no authority to take human life arbitrarily in the way it is being taken.” ~~Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer

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