“All creation is groaning in labor pains even until now… and we groan within ourselves as we wait for the adoption- the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8: 22-23
What does it mean to wait for adoption?
The child in the orphanage, the child in the abusive home, waits to be freed from the hunger, the thirst, the blows. Abandoned, rejected in body and soul, this child cries out, groans on her bed at night, and in her littleness and innocence knows not how to effect any change or receive what she needs.
She must rely on One who knows justice and mercy. Someone who can say, “This must end! This child deserves her dignity! She must be treated with love and her little physical needs must be taken care of.
We are these children!
Suffering from the abuse of neglectful parents, Adam and Eve, we all have been subjected to the abuses of the culture of death. Familial sin has generated down through our family tree. Wounds go deep, scars are left, or open and raw, we muddle through life, unhealed.
We groan as we await adoption.
Who will love us as we should be loved? Who will treat our bodies with the dignity they deserve in this pornographic culture? Who will redeem these bodies?
We know a Son, who never lost his Sonship or His Father. He never experienced being orphan…. until He chose it.
This Son also cried out in His utter desolation, “Father, Father why have you abandoned me?” Why have you left me to groan?…. to be humiliated. rejected, whipped, pierced, nailed? You have left me to die carrying the weight of all sins.
His Father is silent . He allows this death. But in the silent, empty moment, in Truth, He has never abandoned, but has allowed it for a greater glory.
Jesus Christ felt our need for adoption. He understood fully our feelings of being estranged from any parental love.
He took on the wounds of all generational sin and of all abandonment from loving family.
His cry of abandonment from the orphanage of the cross was our cry.
His one utterance and groan contained each and every one of ours from the beginning of time, through the present moment and forever into the future of man. “Father, Father, why?
Stay with Him in your time of abandonment. Stay with Him in this guttural cry for mercy, for freedom from wounds of sin and pain… from orphan abandonment.
The groaning will be redeemed. The Father will adopt us.
And having this Brother show us the way out. guiding us by living, resurrected, pierced Hand He will introduce us to our Mother who will sweep us up into her arms, nurse us with her grace, kiss our wounds, and sing us lullabies. And He will grant us the gift of a multitude of saintly and loving brothers and sisters.
Await the adoption!