The first seventeen verses of the entire New Testament outline Jesus’ genealogy. It begins with Abraham and lists all the fathers and sons all the way down to Joseph, “the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” Curious thing, though, because it is Joseph’s bloodline that is chronicled. There was not a drop of Joseph’s DNA flowing in Jesus' human veins.
Joseph was Jesus’ adoptive father. Joseph made the choice to be Jesus’ earthly father. Even though he knew there was no way he could even compare to Jesus’ “real” father, Joseph still chose that relationship.
Which also means, for a time here on earth, Jesus was an adopted son. That is kind of a strange thought, isn’t it? But, it is a statement on what God thinks about adoption. God was willing to put Jesus up for adoption by a family here on earth, which eventually made way for you and I to be adopted into His family in heaven.
Adoption is all about choice.
He chose to do it. For everyone of us. There are no orphans of God.
The next choice is ours.
Adoption is on my mind because today is Scott’s adoption birthday. His mom and dad chose him when he was just 29 days old. Just think of all the lives (i.e., everyone that Scott has ever known) that have been touched and affected because of that choice. I know mine has been.
As a child, they always celebrated his adoption birthday with cake, just like his biological birthday. His parents wanted him to know that his adoption birthday was just as important and meant just as much.
I made strawberry cupcakes for the occasion.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6