“A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. After he took the wine, Jesus said, ‘It’s done . . . complete.’ Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.” John 19:30

I have a couple of friends who have been waiting on adoptive placements and, recently, they have gotten the good news: you have been chosen!

It seems that those are the first words that each of my friends who have gone through the adoption process have waited on. Those are the words that start them on the journey towards parenthood, towards adding new members to their family. They are the words that march towards the fulfillment of a dream.

But the next set of words they long to hear are even more important: It’s finalized.

Heartbreaking as it may be, no placement is forever until a judge utters those words. As friends we pray for them to receive the first call, and then we change our prayers that the second declaration will be made.

They’re the same words Jesus used as He gave His life up for us. It is finished. It is done. There are so many, many things that the Son of God could have said for His dying utterance. But He chose that simple statement, so that we could know without a doubt that He had finally done it. He had finalized His sacrifice.

Praise the Lord that wasn’t the end, as we know! But it was what He had come for. It was our atonement, taking our sins upon Himself, that drove Him every day He was on this earth.

With His last words, our adoption into God’s family is finalized. It’s the judge’s decree that we are His, and He is ours. We have found our forever family.

We have nothing more to do. It’s done. It’s finished. He has overcome, and we can share in His victory! Every obstacle we have faced or ever will face is nothing compared to His love and power.

I am thanking God today for “forever families,” whether they be in the natural or in the supernatural. I am thanking God for the peace that comes with knowing that He did enough. I am thanking God that it’s done!

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