Summary: Every human life is valuable and precious to God. This is the very reason he sacrificed his one and only son.
Intro: L.R. Agnew, a professor at UCLA Medical School, gave his students this scenario:
"Consider this family history:
• The father has a venereal disease
• The mother has tuberculosis
• They have had 4 children: The first of whom was blind
The second died as an infant
The third is deaf
The fourth has tuberculosis
• The mother is pregnant
• The parents are willing to have an abortion IF YOU,
and their physician, recommend it.
WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
Overwhelmingly, the class said they would strongly encourage the mother to have an abortion.
Professor Agnew then said, "Congratulations, You just murdered Beethoven."
The topic of Abortion, and the larger issue of the Sanctity of Life, are among the most controversial issues of our time.
Every year America aborts 1 1/2 million babies!
On the average, that’s about 4,000 babies a day, or 1 every 20 seconds.
That means in this 80-minute service there will be 240 babies aborted.
The truth is, if we look up "abortion" in the concordance, we will find there aren’t any Bible verses that even contain the word.
What we do find is
• a God who created life
• a God who values life in the womb
• a God who absolutely forbids the taking of innocent life, and
• a God who sent His Son so that all people might have full and abundant life!
Listen to Psalm 139: 13-16
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.
I. ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS
a. God created life and said it was valuable.
Gen. 1:27, "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He
him; male and female He created them."
Gen. 2:7, goes on to explain, "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the
ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."
Life was God’s first gift to us!
b. Because life is valuable to God, It only makes sense that children are valuable to him as well.
Mark 10:14-16, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder
them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
"… And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them."
Psalm 127:3, says, "Children are a reward from the Lord."
c. We learn further from scripture that children are not suddenly precious to God after they’re born: The unborn are precious to Him as well.
Some time ago I read that not even a geneticist can distinguish between the DNA of a developing embryo and the DNA of a full grown human being.
• At just 21 days- 3 weeks - a baby in the womb has a heartbeat.
• By 40 days - 5 weeks- brainwaves can be detected.
If the absence of brainwaves and heartbeat define death today…
What do their presence in the womb mean?
Listen: 99.999% of all abortions occur after the 7th week.
The invention of "Ultrasound" convinced Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a noted abortionist, that ending life in the womb is nothing short of murder.
Life in the womb is just that . . . It’s LIFE! Life begins at conception.
Jer. 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. . . "
Isa. 44:24 speaks of, "The redeemer who formed you in the womb. . ."
Psalm 139, "You knit me together in my mother’s womb…
You saw my unformed body. . .
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . ."
Have you ever noticed that what’s inside a mother’s body is a "baby" when it’s wanted---- and it’s a "fetus" when it’s not wanted? What’s the difference?
I’ve never seen a proud mother wearing a maternity top with the word "fetus" on it -- and that arrow pointing down. Have you?
It’s simply a game of semantics that people use to avoid the reality of abortion.
In Luke chapter 1, we read about Mary who was pregnant with Jesus, coming to the home of Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist…
The Bible says, that the baby in Elizabeth’s womb "leaped for joy" when she and Mary greeted one another.
In some miraculous, spiritual way, the baby was rejoicing that the Savior from God had come so close.