Monday, December 29, 2008

Baby Jesus

From Focus on the Family:

Perhaps Jesus could have arrived on the scene as
a 30-year-old man, just in time for his ministry. But instead, He arrived as a baby, affirming the immeasurable value of every human life from the earliest stages.

Christmas also boldly proclaims that life begins at conception. While Jesus was still in the womb, less than three months in utero, the Bible records that Elizabeth’s baby “leaped in her womb.” Think of the profound pro-life statement that was made at that moment -- one preborn baby (John) recognized the personhood of another preborn baby (Jesus)!

Jesus came to a family of no wealth or influence and in a situation that had great potential for the perception of scandal. Yet God gave Joseph and Mary the courage to face truly unprecedented obstacles in order to ensure that Jesus would be raised by a mother and a father.

The Savior of the world was placed in a family that did what it had to do to provide Jesus with the care and protection He needed from infancy to adulthood. God placed incredible trust in the family then, as He does now.

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