Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mary Had a Baby

Thank God that Jesus was not aborted. Although Jesus was hounded, hated and rejected, He was loved enough by His Mother and Step-Father to be born.

It took courage to carry what many believed to be an "Illegitimate Child" into the ancient world of rigidity and male domination. Jesus, as an adult, told about what might happen to a woman who was thought to have sex outside of marriage.

John 8:1-11New International Version (NIV)

1 ...Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
Stoning was the way some people wanted to deal with a woman's sin. It was an early form of abortion because the death of a mother meant the death of her unborn child. It also covered up the sexual sin of the man involved. It benefited males not females or babies. 
Was that suggested when Mary was caught in pregnancy without a husband? 
We do not know. We do know, however, that Jesus, born from a seemingly sinful relationship, understood the cultural and spiritual need of the woman and offered mercy rather than judgment. 
A difficult pregnancy presaged His approach to failure and sin. He offered second chances. 

This is why we celebrate Christ-Mass not a secular time off of work. So, Merry Christmas!

Pray for Peace in Russia through Jesus

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