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Christmas’s Adoption
By Kinsey Thurlow on December 18th, 2012

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

In essence, God told Joseph to father a child who was not his own. Adopt this Baby, and raise him. Teach Him your family’s trade, call Him forth, provide for Him, watch over Him, and love Him. Love this Child who is not yours by blood.

And he did. Mary, pregnant with a child who was not Joseph’s, was seemingly guilty of a sin that could result in the stoning of the condemned. Though by law Joseph could have rightfully sent her away, he chose not to disgrace her publicly. Furthermore, having learned of God’s divine plan and the Child’s holy conception, he took this thought-to-be-harlot as his wife. Joseph bore the lifelong stigma of being married to a woman who, supposedly, had been unfaithful to him. He bore the scorn and mocking whispers of fathering an “illegitimate son.” He adopted this Child. And at this Baby’s birth, Joseph stepped into all the responsibilities of a father.

From above, Jesus’ Father in heaven looked upon and drew close to these two parents with child, whose appearance drew the world’s scrutiny of being a poor, broken family.

Having been fathered from eternity, Jesus left His Father’s throne and relinquished His right to the Father’s immediate, tangible presence. Though never ceasing to be His Father, Abba wanted His beloved Son to also have a father on the earth. As Jesus took on the body the Father had prepared for Him and made entrance into the world, the heavenly Father desired and appointed Joseph to father His only begotten. God, who sovereignly designed families and purposed each of us to belong to one, certainly did not exclude His own Son from this divine design. He ordained an adoption for Jesus– an adoption that would not only give him a father during His stay on earth, but would also bring fulfillment to the prophecy that crowns the Messiah.

How irrefutable is adoption’s authenticity that through it, God would place His Anointed One into the kingly line of Joseph, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that Jesus would be born from the royal line of David (Matthew 1). The genealogy listed in Luke 3 is proposed by many to be that of Mary’s line, which would make Jesus David’s direct descendant through David’s son Nathan (Luke 3). However, Joseph was a descendant of David through his son King Solomon, from whom descended all heirs to the throne (Matthew 1). Thus, when Joseph took Jesus as his own son, he passed the right of kingship to Jesus. The genealogy of the Messiah reveals that the joining of Joseph to Jesus was real to God, as real as Jesus having been born as Joseph’s child by blood. We are left with no other conclusion than to acknowledge that adoption truly and miraculously joins a child to a father and a family, a joining as strong as being born of one’s own bloodline.

Therefore, let’s acknowledge the same of our own adoption– how legitimate and irrefutable it is… the Father has loved us with the same love with which He has loved His only begotten Son. We are co-heirs with Christ.

The love, the inheritance, the dignity for the adopted child and the begotten child is undifferentiated.

Therefore, we can rightly believe that when God looks on adoptive families, He doesn’t see two groupings of “adopted children” and “biological children.” He just sees children, joined to a family, born from His heart.

So may we marvel at adoption— of the world’s orphaned into families, of our broken state into the Father’s holy embrace, and of the Son of God, the Son of Joseph, crowned as Israel’s King. While coming as a Servant at His first Advent, Jesus will come as righteous King and Judge at His second. Now, we eagerly await the glorious appearing of King Jesus, who will sit enthroned over the kings of the earth, who will send forth His righteous laws from Zion, and who will make all wrong things right.

We join our cry with the Spirit’s, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Until we see Your face, reign as our supreme desire and King within.

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December 18th, 2012
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