Thursday, October 11, 2012

10-11-12

Chosen.  Dearly loved.  Ransomed.  Set free.  Redeemed.  Not forgotten.  Called by name.  Given new life.

Comforted.  Protected.  Given hope.  Given a future.  Held.  Counted as worthy.  Set apart.  Daughter.

Claimed.  Rescued.  Cherished.

Saved.

These words remind me of my inheritance in Christ.

These words changed me.  They gave me a future and a hope.

I was once an orphan, but am now loved by the Most High God.  He chose me to be part of His family.  And He didn't have to.  That's love.

On this day I stand in awe.  In awe of the picture that God has given us, His children, of redemption.  We can read about it in the pages of Scripture and experience it first hand when we submit our lives to Jesus Christ, but there's another picture He has given us...

Adoption.

Do you see these two beauties?


















These are the faces of two chosen children.  A beautiful girl and a cute, cute boy who have been given a new name.  As of today, they are part of our family.  My niece and nephew.  They have a Mom and a Dad. They are...

Chosen.  Dearly loved.  Ransomed.  Set free.  Redeemed.  Not forgotten.  Called by name.  Given new life.

Comforted.  Protected.  Given hope.  Given a future.  Held.  Counted as worthy.  Set apart.

Claimed.  Rescued.  Cherished.

Saved.

The adoption of these children, Maria and Elijah Brockhaus, is picture, a glimpse, of Christ's love for us.

In this is THE story of redemption,
The universe was meant to be a home—where the image-bearers of God rule and serve under their Father. It was all to be ours. The primeval insurrection in the garden, though, turned the universe into an orphanage—the heirs were gone, done in by their appetites. A serpent now holds the cosmos in captivity, driving along the deposed rulers as his slaves. The whole universe is now an orphanage.
But then there’s Jesus.
When we were still orphans, Christ became a substitute orphan for us. Though he was a son, he took on the humiliation of a slave and the horror of death (Phil 2:6-8). (Adopted for Life, Russell Moore)
Thank you, God, for setting the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). Thank you, Jesus, for adoption.  It is beautiful.  You are beautiful.

And thank you, Andrew and Amy, for walking in obedience to the call of Christ, for having a faith that works.  Your lives are testimonies to the

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." (James 1:27)
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