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Summary: This message discusses the importance and value of every single person, including those little ones who have yet to be born.

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THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

Psalm 139

INTRODUCTION:

ILL> A recent Reader’s Digest had this story. The man was running late. He was worried that he was going to miss his plane so he ran out of the hotel, flagged down the first cab he saw and got in. He told the driver to get to the airport as fast as possible.

Evidently, that was the wrong thing to say. The driver took off racing through the streets, came to a red light and didn’t even slow down. The man in the backseat became quite nervous and said, "Isn’t that a little dangerous."

"My 5 brothers and I have been driving taxicabs for years and this system has worked pretty good. ‘Red means Go.’"

Sure enough the next light was red as well and he flew right through.

The passenger was relieved when they finally came to a green light. However, this time the driver slowed the cab down until he almost came to a complete stop.

"I don’t understand. You fly through the red lights, but you nearly stopped at that green light. That doesn’t make sense."

"Well, you never know if one of my brother’s might be coming the other way."

We would probably be a little nervous if we were in that man’s shoes too.

We place a high value on life--especially when it is our own lives. We seek jobs with good health benefits. We spend thousands of dollars on surgeries and treatments to make our lives longer and more comfortable. Some of you exercise, watch your weight, and do other things to make your life better.

However, we live in a world that is having less and less regard for human life. Dr. Kevorkian has gained much support and continues to assist in suicides even though it is against the law. While there is a side of us that can understand wanting to bring someone’s life to an end when they are going through a great deal of distress and pain, it is not our place to play God.

There is a growing number of people who would support killing babies that are born with birth defects. With the ability of amniocentesis it is now possible to find out a lot of information about the baby before birth. Babies that have birth defects are being aborted. Babies of the wrong sex are being aborted.

Who is to decide who is to live or die? Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God is the one that has given life. He has not given us the right to take it away.

ILL> Jesse Jackson, "I am somebody."

We have been made by God and that makes us special. We have been created in His image. His desire is that all of us become His sons and daughters and join Him in heaven for eternity. In God’s eyes we all have importance. In God’s eyes we are precious and valuable.

I>WE ARE VALUABLE BECAUSE GOD KNOWS US

God knows everything about us. Even the number of hairs on our head, the number that have fallen out. (Luke 12:7) The thought that God knows everything there is to know may at first make us uncomfortable.


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