September 19th, 2016
Life Before Physical Birth
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. (Luke 1:41-42 KJV)
Jesus Christ was alive in the womb of Mary and jumped at the greeting of Elizabeth.
Any woman who has carried a pregnancy to term can recall the movement of her child. They can often be “alive and kicking” inside her womb. This movement is certainly a poignant reminder of the miracle of life created by the hand of God. It is certain proof of physical life prior to birth into this world.
The movement of John inside his mother Mary’s womb would have been the same fluttering or gentle thrusting as babies do in the womb today. These movements are likely caused by reactions to sounds and events the baby can hear and feel in this world. Certainly, a baby does also respond to his or her mother’s mood and emotions swayed by events in this world.
While we cannot say what exactly triggered this movement of John in the womb it seems it was a response to hearing the greeting of Mary. The fact that Elizabeth was subsequently filled with the Spirit of God perhaps was also the instant her baby moved in anticipation of this miraculous spiritual event taking place in Elizabeth’s softened heart.