Friday, April 18, 2014

Sacrifice

It's the busiest time of year for me right now for work. I have no free time. I get very little sleep. I drink a lot of coffee.

But being that Easter is quickly approaching in my spare moments driving I've been reflecting some on the sacrifice that we celebrate on Easter. Although truly there's no way to imagine the pain and the torture that our Savior felt when he made this sacrifice for us, the act is still just as great.

I've been raised with the truth of Easter my whole life, in light of our current adoption, I've been able to reflect on Easter in a different light. Jesus's death on the cross was so much more than just a sacrifice or payment. This sacrifice paid the price for the door to be opened on a new family. Jesus's sacrifice was payment for the price of our adoption.

Adoption is costly. There is no doubt in this fact. I have quickly learned the reality of adoption expenses over the past year. Sometimes I'm amazed that we've even been able to make this adoption happen due to the expenses. But the reality is that we haven't made anything happen. It's all our Lord.

And Jesus knew the cost of adoption all too well. But the cost of our sin did not hold Jesus back. He paid the ultimate price for the adoption of all mankind into his home.

And much like every other adopted child, at some point, we have to choose how to respond to our offer of adoption. Do you run into the arms of your adopted daddy and thank him for the price he paid in choosing you? Or do you run in the other direction, afraid of the many negative connotations that come with seeking to grasp onto your adopted identity?

Adoption is complicated.

Yet Christ made it simple.

Sin was strong. 

But our power in our adoption to Christ is stronger. 

Easter is a beautiful time to reflect on the greatest sacrifice ever known to mankind. The sacrifice that cleared my record and signed the paperwork for my adoption. This sacrifice gave me new hope and a clean slate, a new identity and a firm foundation on which I could grow securely. This sacrifice paid it all.

Derek Loux once said, "My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him."

What a powerful statement...

I want to close this post by requesting you that you take some time to reflect on the sacrifice that not only covered your sins and gave you a clean slate, but that also paid for you to become a son or a daughter of the one, true, and risen King. Below is a song that I haven't been able to stop listening to and belting out in my car. It's powerful.. I invite you to reflect on these things while listening to this song.



Also for your viewing and printing pleasure, head over to MANDA JULAINE DESIGNS for a few Easter Printable FREEBIES, one of which was inspired by the song above! (See examples below).

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