Hope. New life. Fresh start. First breath. Tenderness. Fragrant. Sight to behold. Savior. Jesus.
Would “birth” have the same meaning if Jesus had not come as a baby born by Mary, with God as His Father?
God is the hope for the seed of life. Out of the Father’s great love came the existence of hope and life in Jesus’ birth. After His great love, because our flesh is sinful without God, pain comes from labor. Then birth, through pain, from the labor of love. And finally, hope for the new life.
This short 5-letter word, birth, seems to be the complete picture. Before birth, love. Then the hope of birth. Growing pains. Pain of increasing contractions before birth. The painful labor of love birthing new life. The gift arrives. The hope of life for the new one and all those he touches. Life from birth then must lead to death.
Death: another word for “birth” into eternity. And after that birth, for the believer, no more pain. Eternal celebration of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection to life evermore.
“By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.” Psalms 71:6
“For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” Romans 8:22
“A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;” Ecclesiastes 7:1
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