“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1–4 (ESV)
In the Apostle John’s Prologue (1:1-18) to his gospel, he records the biblical truth that Jesus Christ (the Word) is the eternal God, the second person of the Godhead. He existed at, and prior to, creation. In fact, Jesus Christ was not only active as creator but also is the sustainer of the universe (Colossians 1:16-20; Hebrews 1:1-4).
John then declared that in Him, that is Christ, was life. What did John mean by this statement and what does it have to do with abortion?
Life comes from Greek word ζωή (Zoe). “ζωή denotes in Greek the physical vitality of organic beings, animals, men and also plants. Life is understood, not as a thing, but as vitality, as the nature or manner which characterizes all living creatures as such,” explains the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.
“In classical Greek this word (zoe) was used for life in general. There are a few examples of this meaning in the New Testament (see Acts 17:25; James 4:14: Rev. 16:3), but in all other instances the word was used to designate the divine, eternal life—the life of God (Eph. 4:18),” states the Tyndale Bible Dictionary.
The vitality or energy of the unborn child is now technologically observable at conception. Dead matter does not grow. A dead substance cannot develop because it lacks the vitality and energy to do so. It lacks life. But matter that does possess life does grow and develop. Therefore from conception, life is occurring within the womb; even when the mother does not realize it.
“Once we acknowledge that the unborn are human beings, the question of their right to live should be settled, regardless of how they were conceived. The comparison between babies’ rights and mothers’ rights is unequal. What is at stake in the vast majority of abortions is the mother’s lifestyle, as opposed to the baby’s life. In such cases, it is reasonable for society to expect an adult to live temporarily with an inconvenience if the only alternative is killing a child,” states Christian author Randy Alcorn.
“Pro-choice advocates divert attention from the vast majority of abortions (99 percent) by focusing on rape and incest because of the sympathy factor. They give the false impression that pregnancies are common in such cases. However, no child is a despicable “product of rape or incest” but God’s unique and wonderful image-bearing creation. Having and holding a child can do much more good for a victimized woman than the knowledge that a child died in an attempt to reduce her trauma.”
How may you celebrate life today? Perhaps you can volunteer at a local Pregnancy Resource Center. You can encourage young, pregnant women to deliver their baby and also teach them the skills necessary for parenting. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!