A Theology of Birth
My son was born recently. Chester Ray Johnson was born out of love and into love. The room was full of love and good cheer when he arrived. Doctors, nurses, residents, mom, dad, everyone was thrilled to see him and I am certain he felt it.
It is so hard to believe a baby has the capacity to sin within his or her DNA. But it is. David, the former King of Israel, once said, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). Bummer.
My son will need another birth in the future. A spiritual birth. He is spiritual now, but he will need to be born into another Kingdom. A spiritual Kingdom. A Kingdom that no impure thing can enter (Revelation 21). The only way to enter that Kingdom will be through the substitutionary work of Jesus on the cross. The one who became sin so we can become righteous (1 Corinthians 5).
I can’t begin to wrap my mind around these truths, but I do believe them. I believe them because my Savior rose from the dead. I believe these truths because he believed them enough to die for them.
I enjoyed my son’s first birth a few days ago. I pray and look forward to his next birth in the future.