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Children of God
easter redemption and a
Heavenly Father’s open arms
by Caroline Lusk
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth.
At Easter, we celebrate the resurrection.
Each holiday bears its own symbols, decorations, meals
and compulsory attendance in church musicals, pageants
and even church itself.
We have delineated well the milestones of the life of
Jesus and the season in which those will be honored.
But what if we removed the parameters?
What if we could step back and take in the whole of
Christ’s gift, plan and sacrifice?
Truly, how can we comprehend or even rationalize this
concept of salvation with even one of these components
We weren’t meant to.
For in and through each element, God was bringing us
closer and closer to Him.
As His promises and plans unfolded, so too did our
adoption into His great family.
From that perspective, the notion of adoption rises to the
fore as a central tenant of our faith.
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before
Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by
Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of
His will,” Ephesians 1:4,5.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on
us, that we should be called children of God!”
That manner of love was excruciating. But, just as a
mother experiences the pain of child-birth, Jesus had to
endure the pain of the cross. It was the only way that we
could become His children. Out of His suffering, we are
birthed into new life with Him.
Not just because He bled.
Not just because He bore the stripes.
Not just because He died.
But because He died and rose again, fulfilling the
prophecies laid out thousands of years prior, we are His
children. We are His family.
In that light, Easter is more than a story of an empty
tomb. It represents our invitation into the family of God.
And, while Jesus loved those who seemed unlovable and
helped those who were helpless—namely, us—he was
teaching us how to love and be family here and now.
This Easter season marks the beginning of a series about
family. From traditional to non-conventional to broken,
we’ll discover how God is moving through hearts and
changing generations… And we’ll start just where He did—
adoption. As we are folded into the arms of Christ as sons
and daughters, so too should we open our lives to enfold
those who will never know the love of a family otherwise.
Let this season be a reminder and encouragement to
meditate on the extreme cost Jesus and His Father paid for
our eternal life. Let us not take for granted the gift we have
been given as His adopted children.
That third day changes everything.
That day, promises became truth, sinners became
redeemable, the sinless became the bearer of all sins… and
we—those of us who believe in the gift and the truth of
God’s word, became His children.