The other day my oldest grandson’s wife – who is expecting (any day now) – was trying to show her mother how the baby wiggled and kicked. But their little girl was either asleep or just not in the mood to wiggle or kick. 🙂 So, she called Daddy over (my grandson) and he put his hand on his wife’s tummy and began to speak soothingly to his unborn daughter.
She wiggled and kicked and kicked and wiggled when she heard her father’s voice!!
Thinking about it later, it reminded me of another story of a baby in the womb:
Elizabeth was older, “well along in years,” when Gabriel appeared to her and said she would have a son and his name would be John. He had appeared to Zechariah in the temple, and told him the same thing. 6 months later, after her cousin Mary was visited by an angel who told Mary of being chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went to see Elizabeth.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1)
Gabriel told Zechariah that John “17 …will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” And later John The Baptist testified “23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1)
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
Just as my great-granddaughter knew her father, so did John – still in the womb – recognize The Savior. And later John said “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
When Jesus appeared to the disciples, Thomas finally believed that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead.
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Knowing Jesus the Savior is how we know God the Father and how He knows us. For God so loved the world…We are saved by faith through grace…
Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and The Life; no one can come to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)
Know Jesus; know The Father.