Weekend Edition – Miracle of Adoption
This is a special weekend for our family. This Sunday marks the two year anniversary of our daughter’s official adoption day.
We were at the hospital when she was born and she was a part of our family from her very first breath, but it took two months for the courts to set a date and officially “put it in the books” so to speak.
They recognized our daughter as having full rights in our family.
It is a big deal for us, because we can’t imagine life without her. She has been such a tremendous source of blessing and joy and it’s cause for a celebration of the miracle of adoption.
This day will always be a special day for our family.
Adoption also has great spiritual meaning to us as well. For God, in his kindness, mercy and grace, through his Son Jesus, saw fit to adopt us as a son and daughter and give us full rights to the family of God.
Galatians 4:4-7 gives us further insight into adoption:
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer aslave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
ESV Study Bible notes for reflection:
Gal. 4:4 when the fullness of time had come. God sent his Son at the right moment in human history, when God’s providential oversight of the events of the world had directed and prepared peoples and nations for the incarnation and ministry of Christ, and for the proclamation of the gospel.
Gal. 4:5 Paul’s adoption imagery probably picks up the OT concept of God calling Israel his “son” and combines this with the Roman notion of adopting a son (usually already a grown man) in order to designate him as the heir to all the family wealth (see also note on 3:26).
Gal. 4:6–7 because you are sons. Because Christians are now sons and “of age,” they are in a position to receive the inheritance, beginning with the promised Spirit of his Son. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father” (cf. Rom. 8:14–17).
If you are a Christian, you are adopted by God into His family – this is reason for great celebration and rejoicing!
If you are not a Christian, or are unsure if you are – take a moment to reflect on the fact that God sent Jesus to come to earth, live a perfect life, die upon the cross, bearing the weight of your sins – to redeem you from them and He longs to give you new life – a life of freedom from sin and he longs to adopt you into His family so you may have full rights and everlasting joy.
There isn’t one of us that deserves this, for we are such great sinners — but Christ is a GREATER Savior! Won’t you turn to Him today!?
Adoption is a miracle – both in the fact that we have received a great gift in our daughter, but also the fact that God would rescue sinners like us and allow us to be a part of His family!
If you have questions about adoption or about how to know Jesus I would love to talk with you. You can email me at RedeemingRiches [at] gmail.com (Sorry trying to avoid spammers! )