That We Should Be Adopted

 

 (c) Can Stock Photo

(c) Can Stock Photo

Jeremiah 31:7-14 
Psalm 84

Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a 
Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 

Paul could not contain his excitement when he began composing this letter to his beloved church. He dictated his letters to a scribe and was so amped up that verses 3-14 were originally one sentence. Imagine listening to Paul. I see him pacing the room, eyes jumping, and hands waving. Here in verses 4-6 we have the heart of his thrilling news.

For consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world he chose us to become, in Christ, his holy and blameless children living within his constant care. He planned, in his purpose of love, that we would be adopted as his own children through Jesus Christ—that we might learn to praise that glorious generosity of his which has made us welcome in the everlasting love he bears towards the SonPhillips

This is the heart of the Gospel. God picked me as his child. I am now a descendant of King David. At that first great family reunion in the New Jerusalem, I will get to hear grandfather David play the harp and sing a song.

John will be there, hopefully wearing a new white robe instead of his camel-hair cloak. Peter too, no longer smelling of fish. And Mary, and Mary, and Martha.

The oldest brother of us all will be there, the Word, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Son of Man. Without him, we would be lost.

God picked me as his child. I deserve to burn with the rest of humanity, but God decided to use his greatest power to save us from destruction, the power of Love.

Say it with me, “I am God’s favorite.”

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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