Through Blood Sweat and Tears
(God’s Poetry in Childbirth)
TV and movies have been “taking us into the experience” of childbirth for over half a century… And in many ways, they have been desensitizing us to the true emotional, epiphany-igniting reality that the actual experience provides…
So it’s deeply enriching when we allow ourselves to be floored by how much beauty and tremendous wonder there is in the birth of a child…
But what about the woman’s unbearable pain, with which few men will ever be able to empathize, even though it is the man who is ultimately to blame for bringing this type of pain into the world??
[See the article entitled, “A More Loving Husband”]
I believe that amid the unbearable crescendo of her excruciating torment, the woman has a glimpse of what Adam’s sin has brought to bear upon the the human experience… And thus began the pangs of birth (and much of life), that culminate in the Cross of Redemption …
As an illustrative and symbolic reality, I believe there are at least five facets of Biblical representation present in childbirth:
God the Father experienced unspeakable anguish of Heart, amid the redemption that brings us birth into eternal life!!!
He sacrificed His unfathomably Beloved, Only Begotten Son — Jesus, to save a created race of humans from the result of our own choice to separate from Him in the Garden of Eden.
[As a father who genuinely almost died of a broken heart when i lost my only child… I still dare to say we cannot fathom what inexpressible torture of Heart with which the Father gave His Only Begotten, Co-Eternal Son of Perfect Love…]
God is Love-Himself. Therefore He loves us perfectly, and graciously wills to save us creatures whom His Son created for Him to love and enjoy…
The pain in the Heart of the Spirit is something I do not feel confident to speak upon. He Is Perfect
The pangs of childbirth represent the excruciation of the Son Himself, amid the humiliation and torture of a Roman Cat O Nine Tails, followed by being stripped completely naked again— and publicly crucified!! It was through His Passion and Labor that we are born into eternal life, by faith in Him.
The miseries in child-birth also reflect, and I believe represent, the pangs and torments resulting from birth as it occurs amid separation from God… and the eventual death of each child born in that universal condition.
We bear responsibility for our children’s birth into this world as we’ve made it, having born them, one after another… into our fallen state of existence…
I believe that the cries of unbearably acute torment, also represent the eventual reality of separation between the mother and her child at the point of either’s death…
And for all the parents who’ve ever lost a child (one way or another) —
— those cries amid the pangs of child-birth, accompany our sheer anguish of entire being… with a major-key harmonization to chord along-side our minor-key inner shrieks and groaning!!!
And yet there is tremendous beauty indeed in the birth of a child!!!
For through the excruciating torment of labor, a woman bore our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit give us salvation…by simple faith according to the Gospel…
Through HIS labor, and the bloody, self-sacrificial experience of what the word “excruciating” means by way of etymology, we who believe are saved from having to experience that same level of torment forever!!!
BTW, at the point of His death, whose pangs bring us new birth, Jesus was a swollen, beaten unrecognizable, and bloody mess, as Isaiah 53:14 perfectly prophesied. And as it turns out, a new-born looks pretty rough right after delivery — I’m just saying…😬
But we cannot fathom the glorious joy that springs up in the Heart of God, as each of us that are willing to be born into union with Him Who Is Love and Life, are born eternally into His Family…
John 16:21 NASB
 Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.
Hebrews 12:2 NASB
 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.