...Unto us a Son is given. In this way, Isaiah announced the coming of Messiah (9:6). The sign of His arrival would be His conception in the womb of a virgin (7:14). We reflect on these wonders as another Christmas season approaches.
We also reflect on the reason He came. As Gabriel announced:
She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
Without Jesus we are lost in sin. Abortion is only one indicator of our lostness and depravity.
Colleen Tronson, director of our partner center in Crystal, Minnesota, sent us a link to her state’s abortion report for 2020. It was surprising to see a table in the report that lists all the state’s abortion facilities by name with the number of abortions performed each month. Tracing the trend of abortions throughout a year, the first four months of 2020 averaged 826 abortions per month, then tapered off to a “low” of 645 in November. December’s number shot back up to 818.
How do women go about procuring abortions in a month traditionally set apart for celebrating the birth of a Son delivered into a manger by a poor couple from Nazareth? Isn’t that reason to pause and consider again? Won’t the God who sent His Son to save us also help us celebrate the new lives He gives?
Only a handful of other states record abortion figures by month—Nebraska, Indiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Iowa. December sometimes accounts for the lowest numbers, while March is frequently the highest. A study for the National Institutes of Health found that the seasonal pattern of abortions in North Carolina matched the seasonal pattern of births in the US. This is not good news.
The Son born to Mary is our only Savior. His advent is very good news. We can and must celebrate Christmas by celebrating and protecting life!