Unwanted pregnancy

"Let's take care of it." What does this phrase mean to you? Does it mean nurturing and loving, or does it mean disregarding and trashing. For more than 50 million lives during the last 39 years, "take care of it" means death. It means never having a chance in this world.

January 22 marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the monumental Supreme Court case legalizing abortion.

“We can take care of it” are words all too often uttered in secret, sadness, and desperation. “It” is an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy.

Joseph knew the shock of an unexpected pregnancy. He was a righteous man, and his fiancé was from a good family and always demonstrated being a righteous woman. But then, his Mary was pregnant. Oh sure, she tried to explain it all, but really – her story seemed too hard to believe.

He wanted to believe her. After all he loved her. Then, during a fitful night, the angel of the Lord told him his fiancé was still true. The baby she was carrying is God’s Son. Call him Jesus, the angel told him, because he will save his people from their sins.

This was a birth planned from eternity. A baby anticipated since the fall into sin. A birth of a very unique and special child. A birth to celebrate for eternity. The birth of God’s very Son into the human race. A child born to die: “Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8).

Fast forward approximately 2,000 years to a young couple just finding out the news that they are responsible for a new life. There is no angel to explain the situation to the young couple. There is no special name or divine purpose revealed in a dream for this little life tucked in the mother’s womb.

Yet, this too is a story of a child planned from eternity: a very unique and special child. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”  David writes in Psalm 139:15,16, “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.”

Christ entered this world with one purpose – for the salvation of all who believe in him through his death on the cross. The plan for Jesus was death, as Paul writes in Philippians, “humbled himself and became obedient to death.”

For the baby 2,000 years later, the plan is not to die, but to live, to have a time of grace, to get to know and come to faith in the Savior from sin. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has a plan for all his children—he wants them saved from eternal death; he wants them to have everlasting life through faith in Jesus. Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD.”

By Peter Georgson, executive director of WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee

Originally published online January, 2012.