A Life for a Life

(A testimony by Katie Moon)

Right now I am 29 (of 40) weeks pregnant. This pregnancy has shed light on some things about Christ that I never expected it to.

For us, pregnancy is a life or death situation. Not for me, but for our babies. Before we had our precious Judah, we went through two miscarriages that flipped our world upside down and absolutely devastated us. After many months of doctoring and testing, we learned that my body’s immune system attacks our babies. This was good and bad news. It was good in that we had an answer for our losses. If you’ve been there, you know not everyone gets answers. It was bad in that the medication to treat the disorder would cause several other difficult complications for me personally.

1413469_26273261A great exchange would need to be made if we wanted to have children. My life for my child’s. The choice was obvious. I would give up certain things in my life for my child’s life. Would it be worth it? Look at Judah and Finnley!

There’s no question.

There are 2 main areas I’ve had to give up in order to carry my pregnancies. The first is comfort. Don’t get me wrong. I am not the mom who throws up for 9 months straight. My discomfort comes with taking my medication. The treatment for the problem. Specifically, I have to give myself injections every day.

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” (John 19:34)

The injections at times cause severe bruising.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Is 53:5)

The second area of my life I have to give up is external. How I look is greatly affected by an immune suppressant drug I have to take. To a woman, this can be devastating. Having the appearance of having “let things go” is embarrassing. You’re out there for the world—who doesn’t know your story—to see and judge. You feel like a spectacle. Frankly, a great deal of shame comes with it.

Hebrews 12:2 says that “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame…”

Those are my pregnancy complications in a nutshell. And what I’ve learned going through this for the third time now, is that just as this baby boy’s life is worth me making certain temporary sacrifices… to Christ, my life was worth His ultimate eternal sacrifice.

Do you understand the ramifications of that? Do you understand how deeply you’re loved?

When this child began to grow in me, my husband and I fell immediately in love. This baby boy didn’t have to do a thing to earn our love. He didn’t even have to know we existed. We loved him because he existed and he is ours.

The Bible tells us that Christ died for our sins while we were still sinners. He died for us before we knew Him personally, before we could even attempt to earn our salvation, before we even knew He existed. Yet He already knew each of us. He knew that He’d one day create us in our mothers’ wombs. Those were the only requirements for His love. And so He died on the cross because He knew it would be worth it. His life for ours. The great exchange.

You. Are. So. Deeply. Profoundly. Immeasurably. Loved.

Do you believe that?

I find it a curious thing that we can be saved through faith in Christ for years, and never come to an understanding of the depth of Christ’s love for us. We see evidence of our lack of belief in this truth in the way we live our lives. In the way we live insecure. In the way we treat others. In the ways we think and talk. In our pride, our selfishness. In our addictions, our habits, our deficiencies. Our lack of peace. The book for 1 John lays out beautifully the truth that when we come to believe His love (abide in His love) for us, we become the healthiest kind of person. Believing and knowing His love changes our relationship with God, with others, with the mirror, with the world.

Listen, Christ gave up everything for you. When I’m expecting a baby, I give up a little of my life so my child will live. But Christ gave up everything. Yes He endured pain and shame. But He also endured death. So we wouldn’t have to. And before we’d ever realize the cost of our sins. And before we ever loved Him. Do you ever wish someone would fight for you? That someone would do whatever it would take to protect you, keep you, love you?

Do you know that Christ did everything it took?! He fought death and won!

O death, where is your sting?

O death, where is your victory? (1 Cor. 15:55)

Dear brother or sister in Christ, believe Him today. Believe you are scandalously loved. You were worth the greatest scandal to ever take place in all the history of the world. The perfect Lamb of God was brutally and shamefully murdered. So we—as blemished as filthy rags—could have life everlasting.

Now that is some kind of treatment plan.

We ought to drop to our knees… to our faces… right here and now.

Dare to believe. Ask God for more faith to believe. For Spiritual strength to comprehend (Eph. 3:14-21). And please, study, really study 1 John. You will be magnificently blessed.

“Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.” John 15:13

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