Religion can often feel like a long list of expectations, and we are unable to complete the expectations no matter how hard we try. We live in a paradoxical world where our abilities always fall short of our desires. However, this curse that rests on all of humanity has been shattered by Jesus. We do not have to fight or earn our way to God. Jesus came and brought with him a spirit of adoption that defies the demands of rules and expectations. Jesus created a new life of freedom that is defined by our inclusion into a family and not our ability to perform.