Jesus was adopted. I hadn’t ever thought of it that way before. That’s so cool! I was adopted too.
Coming into the Christmas season, one of the sermons @ Faith Muskoka caught my attention in a special way. Pastor Darrell was talking about Joseph and the role he has in the Christmas story and in the life of the young Jesus. Instead of divorcing Mary quietly, Joseph did as the angel told him and took Mary home as his wife. Jesus grew up in Joseph’s house, learned his trade, was loved, fed, did chores, and was disciplined (imagine how you would have liked that job).
Some even scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. Matthew 13:55 (NLT)
I was adopted myself at the age of 6 months. I have friends and a niece and nephew who are adopted. It creates a special bond between us.
Moses, Esther, Jesus were also adopted (see more here Adoption: Plan B or God’s Plan?). The Bible also talks about us being adopted into the family of God. In Ephesians 1:5 we read, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (NLT)
Here are some other famous adopted people. Marilyn Monroe, Dave Thomas, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, John Lennon, Kristin Chenoweth, Ingrid Bergman, Nelson Mandela, Babe Ruth, Michael Bay, Priscilla Presley, Melissa Gilbert, Ray Liotta, Jesse Jackson, Sarah McLachlan, Faith Hill, Steve Jobs, Edgar Allan Poe, Jamie Foxx, Eleanor Roosevelt and Superman. I’ll bet you didn’t know that about most of them.
Being adopted is cool. I often told my brothers, “I was chosen, you just happened along”.