1. He chose us
How did we become adopted as children?
To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
In Galatians 4:7 We’re told:
You are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
Now… just like a human adoption, our Heavenly adoption also has another similarity. The parents chose the children to love in a human adoption, but most of the time the child has to also choose to return that love, and to submit to the new parents.
In other words, in order for us to become true Children of God, we must ACCEPT God’s choice. He chose us, but we submit to that choice don’t we? I remember years ago it was customary to say, “I found God” which we later learned was poor theology. God found us, he chose us and we… we receive the gift of grace, we receive the gift of adoption.
Listen to how John begins his account of the gospel.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood (that means we’re adopted) nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And true, John doesn’t use the word “adoption” here, but the idea is still there. We “become” Children of God. But in truth our adoption is part of the grand story of the Bible and we see from the scriptures that…
2. He predestined us….
The Bible is full of Heroes and Heroines who were adopted.
Look at Moses, he wasn’t raised in his parents home. He was adopted and lived in the house of Pharaoh. One of Pharaoh’s own daughters adopted Moses when he was a baby.
The prophet Samuel was given to the temple when he was born. His mother was barren and prayed to God for a child, and so when he was born, Samuel’s mother took him back to the temple where she prayed and her baby was raised by Eli the priest.
An entire book of the Bible is named after Esther, she was adopted by her uncle Mordecai
And as we pointed out earlier, all of this paved the way for Jesus was also adopted by Mary and Joseph. And you know what, there are quite a few losers and bad examples in the scriptures, we don’t look to everyone in the Bible as being a role model do we? But you know what? Every person who was adopted – in the scriptures – turned out all right. We NEVER hear of any man or woman in the Bible who was “adopted” and then who grew up to be a loser.
That’s because God never looks on adoption as a curse… it’s always an opportunity.
Paul reminds us that adoption means that we are wanted – we’ve been chosen and predestined. And why? Because there is a PURPOSE for our lives
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
3. He adopted us
1 John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
The gift of Christmas is that because of the saving grace of Christ, we’re all adopted.
In God’s family we are all adopted. We are adopted into love. We are adopted into grace.
The mother in the video reads the verse from Isaiah that she found in the Advent calendar and it says
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…
This verse was Jesus’ mission statement. It was the first verse of scripture he read in the temple.
This verse says Jesus came for me. He came to heal me, to free me, to mend my heart.
Luke 13:34 Jesus says,
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.”
Jesus speaks as a Mother who wants to protect and love her children. This is who we are! We’re God’s family. He came for us! Christmas is the gift of grace, the gift of adoption. We’re no longer outsiders looking in, trying to fit in and squeeze by with sacrifices and law, now the Christmas gift of Jesus is here and the curtain is torn.
No more barriers, no more walls, no more waiting with tiny noses pressed against the glass hoping that this time will be the time when my parents come to take me home.
At Christmas time – Jesus shows up!
And where there is Jesus – there is God
And where there is God – there is family.