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Born Again!

born-againA man named Nicodemus once asked a question of Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Turns out, though, he can! Well, not exactly, but one recent story from the news is pretty incredible!

Lynlee Hope Boemer had Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT), a rare, life-threatening tumor on the tailbone area. It pulls much-needed blood from the heart while the baby is in utero. Doctors recommended termination, but the Boemers researched and found Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Darrell Cass, doctors who had developed the Texas Children’s Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. They had successfully cared for a baby with SCT before, and it was exactly what the Boemers needed.

Amazingly, the surgery to remove the life-threatening tumor required opening the amniotic sac to perform surgery on Lynlee. Technically, she was “born” in the sense that she was removed from the womb, uterus, and amniotic sac. After the surgery, she was put back in her mother’s uterus, and then, 13 weeks later, she was “born again!”

It took a team of 14 doctors and specialists to assist in the surgery, but thankfully, Lynlee is doing well. To say the least, it is an amazing feat – a success in an incredibly difficult procedure with an extremely rare disorder. But for most of us, being born again is an entirely different procedure altogether!

When Nicodemus responded to Jesus’ statement, he didn’t understand what Jesus meant by, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Born again? Of course a fully-grown person cannot climb back into the womb!

But Jesus wasn’t talking about physical re-birth. Rather, we must have a spiritual birth in order to enter the kingdom of God. Those who hear and believe the good news of Jesus will gladly turn toward the spiritual and away from the worldly, confessing Jesus as the Son of God, being baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and walking in the example of Christ.

Born again…with the help of the great physician!

The Designer Baby

genomeIt’s called “Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9,” and it may be a game changer in genetic engineering. Although genetic engineering is nothing new, the Washington Times recently reported that CRISPR is an amazingly “fast, flexible, cheap way to manipulate the code of life.”

CRISPR is so “revolutionary – and unnerving – that hundreds of scientists, policymakers and the president’s science adviser” gathered this week to discuss the implications and ethics of using it on human genes. Before long, this technology could be used to rid genes of hereditary diseases. But, it might also be used for cosmetic reasons…and that’s an ethical dilemma.

They are calling them “Designer Babies.” Would you be ok with picking the eye color of your baby? Height? Would you make your baby stronger? Faster? What if you could plan a future for your child? What would you envision?

I imagine that most of us have ethical concerns about these questions. Yet, if we had the opportunity, wouldn’t we make our child faster, stronger, and give them every advantage in life? That’s why it is so amazing to me that, despite having the means and opportunity, God did the exact opposite.

The greatest designer baby ever was God’s Son in the flesh, Jesus. He was a part of the Godhead (John 1:1-2); He was the vehicle of creation (John 1:3); and, He was born into the flesh through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18). His coming had been announced since the earliest days of creation (Genesis 3:15).

Yet this baby was born of humble means (Luke 2:7). He was physically human (Hebrews 2:14; 1 Timothy 2:5). And He did not have many advantages in life (Matthew 8:20, 19:21).

Despite being God in the flesh, Jesus faced terrible hardships as a man. He experienced hunger, thirst, and pain. He bled and He died. His precious blood was shed in fulfillment of a plan that was laid before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20).

Yet, God had something greater in store. Jesus arose on the 3rd day, coming back to life as an example to all those who would believe in Him for eternal life. And God has something greater in store for you too!

Your soul is genetically engineered for eternal life…the only question is where you will spend eternity. Live faithfully in Christ today and have a home with God forever.