For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10 (NIV)

The gospel is complex, deep, and beautiful.  Luke 19:10 seems to be the most simple scripture I have found to explain the gospel.  

For the Son of Man… – Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice

came… – from heaven to earth, sent by God

to seek… – all are as good as dead thanks to sin, helpless on our own

and save… – our faith and confession is what brings us new life

the lost. – without Christ, we are lost orphans, completely alone

I am no theologian and I could never do the gospel full justice… but when I stumbled upon the following quote I knew that I had to try to scratch the surface for this blog.

The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world. As we become more attuned to the gospel, we’ll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become more adoption friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.
-Russell D. Moore in Adopted for Life

Especially in the light of this quote, caring for orphans is the perfect picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Orphans are alone, completely on their own, with very little hope.  They cannot save themselves.  They need more. They need us. 

When someone cares for an orphan, they are reflecting the message of the gospel.  They are seeking out those who are lost and alone.  They must put aside selfishness and comfort for the good of the orphan.  And when the orphan comes to accept the love and care that the person offers, they can find hope that they never had before. 

The more we realize what Christ has done for us, the more we should want to follow his example and do the same for others.  And in turn, we see the gospel in a new light. 

Almost a year and a half after our first orphan hosting experience, I am still coming to terms with this reality.  It was difficult to care for our host boy but such a blessing at the same time.  My love for him was so great that I counted it all joy.  How much more did Jesus sacrifice for us and how much greater is his love for us!!!

 

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