January 21, 2018 was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This occurs on Sunday each year close to January 22 the day in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage. For the impact of 60 million abortions click here.
Genesis 1:26-28.. 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth.”
It is clear from these verses that humans were created by God in “Our image, according to Our likeness”. The “Our” is an Old Testament reference to the Trinity- God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Image and likeness includes the physical appearance that Jesus would have on earth at His incarnation, a mind that can think and make decisions, a spirit that can interact with the Spirit of God, and emotions that arise from our heart and soul. Humans were created with a purpose including the rule over God’s creation and everything in it, fruitfulness and multiplication.
The perfect state of man and universe was changed when Adam and Eve chose to exercise their freedom and reject the command of God; and again when there were only 8 righteous people in the ark. But in His time ” God so loved the world, that He gave His only…Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” [John 3:16] and Jesus wants His believing disciples to live abiding, fruitful and joyful lives ” 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,…8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit…9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” [John 15:7-11]
God values human life and expects His children to value human life. Jesus loves me, wants me to abide in Him, be His image bearer to the world, be fruitful and be filled with joy.
Henry Luke 1/23/2018
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