ADOPTED: A Very Late Easter Post

Hello again friends,

The whirlwind of activity that comes with the last semester of a Master’s Degree has finally calmed down [somewhat] now that I have finally graduated–GLORY TO GOD! I had originally planned to write this post on Easter Sunday [March 27, 2016], but due to midterms and papers and other commitments, I am just now sitting down to write what I believe the Lord has placed in my heart.

However, I believe that the Lord has a purpose, even in delays such as this one. I know that someone needs this post and needs it at this moment. So, without further ado… in my journal on that Easter Sunday, I wrote the following:

“On this Easter Sunday, I am reminded of a story of redemption in the Old Testament that, to me, mirrors Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. For the sake of time and space, I will give you the short version, but I encourage you to read the cited  passages in their entirety. This post centers upon one of my favorite people from the Bible, King David, and his friend Jonathan’s son.

In 2 Samuel 9, we see that David wanted to show kindness to someone from Saul’s family because of his love for Jonathan (Saul’s son) and the covenant that was made between them earlier.

2 Samuel 9:1 says, “David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?'”

There was a servant of the house of Saul named Ziba who gave David the details of where Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, was living. In 2 Samuel 19, we see that this was actually an intended betrayal on the part of Ziba.

2 Samuel 19:25-28 says, “When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, ‘Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?’ He said, ‘My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish. All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?'”

Remember my earlier post…. all things work together for the good of those who love God (Roman 8:28)? What Ziba intended for evil (exposing where Mephibosheth was hiding) worked for the good of Mephibosheth! But I’m getting ahead of myself in my excitement…let’s look at the rest of the story.

David summoned Mephibosheth, as we read in 2 Samuel 9 verse 1. It was the custom of that day to kill threats to the throne. So, I can only imagine what thoughts were going through Mephibosheth’s mind as he answered this summoning…but something remarkable happened. David let him live! This action was testament enough to the covenant that was made between David and his beloved friend. BUT David went even further and restored Mephibosheth’s land to him as well as gave him a place at his table like a son–an adopted son!!

As I read these passages of Scripture, it was as if blinds had been drawn and the light of insight flooded my soul!

I realized that this is just what God has done for us because of the covenant that was sealed on Mount Calvary.

Read John 19:28-30. In this passage, we see that Jesus says, “It is finished.” I was reading Conquer by Michael Youssef (a really great read by the way), and Pastor Youssef said that in the original language, this phrase means “paid in full.”

Our sin debt was PAID IN FULL on Mount Calvary by the One who knew no sin!! (2 Corinthians 5:21).

You see, we have nothing to bring Jesus; we have nothing to “settle the score” of Him paying our sin debt. It was something that He did for us without expecting anything in return because we could never give Him anything in return to equal that gift. Theoretically, we are lame in both feet, just like Mephibosheth, in that we are sinful beings. And just like Mephibosheth had nothing to offer David, we have nothing to offer the Lord Jesus, except acceptance of His gift (just as we see in 2 Samuel 9) as well as our love and devotion (as we see in 2 Samuel 19).

debt free

But because of God’s covenant with Jesus, we are adopted sons and daughters, and we are free to eat at the King’s table.

2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “And, ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

The road will not always be easy, but Jesus promises to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10). As I wrote this post, all I could think of was this song… Who Am I? The words go something like this…

‘When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?

When I’m reminded of His words
I’ll leave Him never
If you’ll be true I’ll give to you life forever
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God’s only Son
To fight my battles until they’re won
For who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?
But to an old rugged cross He’d go for, who am I?’

Who am I?

I am an adopted daughter, a child of the King through a covenant made long ago.”

Until next time,

Macey

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