If life was perfectly predictable, could we afford to call it a miracle? If life was always planned, could we still call it exciting? I am sure the Virgin Mary asked herself that question upon hearing the news that The Most High would house Himself inside her womb. Talk about the most unexpected pregnancy of all! The birth of Christ garners even greater significance when we trace it back to its roots. Nine months earlier, divinity was conceived. Built of bone and sewn of sinews, The Son was woven into the fabric of humanity as an unborn baby. He was a divine gift that came wrapped in the most unlikely Christmas packaging possible: our flesh. Countless Christians revere and adore the infant Christ who opened the womb on Christmas morning. Verily, they should celebrate the fetal Christ with even greater gusto. Ultimately, in order for a Savior to come for all nations and all peoples, he must become like us in every regard- like us by becoming the most vulnerable human life form of all: unborn. Thus, He hallowed all unborn life- which is the kind of life most under attack during these bleak days. On March 25, nine months before Christmas, the Culture of Life voiced a victory that is still reverberating today. The Conception Day of Jesus became the Emancipation Day for all zygotes, embryos, and fetuses.
Jesus Christ, who is the product of an unexpected pregnancy, opened the womb on Christmas Day for all those who would never have the chance to. He came despite Herod’s malicious striving to stifle and stomp out His coming. Planned Parenthood plays a modern day Herod in today’s sweeping pro-life saga. Less than a week after Christians heralded the birth of their infant Savior, Planned Parenthood released their year-end report. The abortion giant tallied 321,384 abortions during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That’s the equivalent of the population of St. Louis Missouri, and they wiped it out right beneath our noses. To publish this information in the wake of our life-affirming holiday is a sadistic insult to the babe in the Bethlehem manger. Unfortunately, it isn’t unlike Planned Parenthood to dance atop so many graves during such a sacrosanct time of year. Actually, it fits them well. The world rages fiercely where Christ is present, be it in a manger or in a womb. In each unborn life, this death-bent culture sees a faint reflection of the unborn Christ, and such a potent vision reminds them that their way of death lost out to Life. The world can’t stand to see life win, and when it won in Bethlehem, it must find another 321,384 other venues through which to work death.
Pro-life warriors, even though Planned Parenthood’s figures may find you disconsolate about the losses our movement has suffered, never fear. Despite what the world would want you to believe, life hasn’t been tamed yet. Life is still springing up out of desolate places, and every unborn life is a recipient of Christ’s fetal life. Those who have yet to breathe already live in Him. Isn’t that a Christmas gift worth celebrating?