This evening I was scrolling down my Google reader and skimmed through the latest sermon notes post from Mars Hill Church. One paragraph in particular caught my eye:
“So the Son looks at you today and he says, ‘How about your murder of me counts so that it would be my death in your place?’ And then the Father looks at you and says, ‘If you will take that kind offer from my Son, here’s what I’ll do. I’ll adopt you into my family called the church. I’ll give you my name, the family name of Christian. And I’ll call you my beloved son as well.’ You say, ‘But I hated your Son and I murdered him.’ ‘I know. But he’s willing to allow his death to pay for your forgiveness. And if you will receive that, I’m willing to adopt you into our family. Not only that, because you were greedy and selfish and all you wanted was stuff, I’ll give you an inheritance. I’ll give you an inheritance that begins with the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit and it culminates where one day you will rise like the beloved Son rose and you will spend forever with me in a kingdom of lavish provision feasting, laughing, free of sin and suffering forever.’”
Matt and I have been considering the possibility of adoption for some time now. It’s not in our immediate future – there are a number of practical considerations that we need to work through first – but we are contemplating it, starting to research a bit, learn more, and talk with friends about it. Almost the first question it seems you need to address when thinking about adoption is something along the lines of how severe of problems you’re willing to accept in any children you might adopt. Many children available to be adopted have been abused or neglected, others have physical disabilities or mental illnesses, some are older and may have more difficulty transitioning into a new home, and on and on.
And yet what God has done for us is to acknowledge that we murdered His Son – and then He seeks to adopt us, bring us into His family, call us His children, and grant us lavish gifts. He wants us to experience true love and joy. I can’t imagine anyone on earth pursuing adoption in that situation. Seen in this light, I am struck again by the radical nature of God’s great grace and His love for us.