“And she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” ~ Luke 1:42-43
Somehow John the Baptist in utero knew he was in the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit had filled Elizabeth and with the voice of Mary, John who was tucked tightly in Elizabeth’s womb was physically overjoyed. Or should I say the fetus or potential-human-John lept for joy. The lump of tissue and nerve endings reacted to the coming King.
But how is it possible for something “unhuman” to act with such humanity?
How does a non-human have joy?
It doesn’t, unless it is human.
This scene in which Mary join’s Elizabeth in Judah and there is such excitement between the children in their womb is a testament to the womb itself. Whether we are in or outside of our mother’s bellies make us no less human. No less important.
It is no accident that the Saviour of the universe came down to earth through the humble act of conception, followed by 9 months of utero growth, labor and natural delivery then the bumpy development from baby to toddler, child to teenager.
Only God Himself would take this servile trip of humanity in order to express His utter devotion to us. Only He would show the reality of life in the womb, by going there Himself.
“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” ~ J.I Packer