In Sunday School we are going through Luther's Small Catechism. The question was posed, "When did Jesus, though fully God, become fully man.?" Our reply was, "When he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary." I had never thought about how we confess life, from the moment of conception, when we confess our faith together through the Apostles' Creed:
"And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy spirit, born of the virgin Mary...."
and in the Nicene Creed:
"who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man..."
In contrast, here is our condition:
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me," Psalm 51:5.
From the moment of conception we are sinful, which is something that can only be charged against a human being, not a clump of cells. Thanks be to God for sending Jesus, the sinless God Man, to take on our sin.