Is The Christmas Story An Adoption Story? Absolutely It Is!
The Christmas season can be a hard season for families who are seeking to adopt. It can be hard on expecting mothers too.
For families who are trying unsuccessfully to grow their family, it can be a constant reminder of what is lacking in their lives. It can be the laughter of children, the cry of a baby, the joy of a full house, of stories told, and of family memories made.
For a woman facing difficult decisions in their pregnancy, it can be equally stressful to deal with a judgemental family, or no family at all. Maybe it is a reminder of an absent father, or an uncertain financial future, or fear of being a good mom.
For both, it can be hard to experience Christmas.
Christmas is a season of expectation. We expect it to be a time where families celebrate together. We expect to hear the traditional Christmas story. We hear about birth and life. We hear about God reshaping the life of a scared, pregnant teenage girl. We hear about Jesus. And how his arrival in this world signified a major shift for our future, redefining hope, and faith, and love.
This is the Christmas story we expect to hear.
But the birth of Jesus also forever redefined something else. It also redefined adoption.
The most significant adoption ever happened over two thousand years ago, and it would have enormous implications for us all. You may not realize this, but the birth of Jesus was also an adoption.
What if I told you that it was you who got adopted? That we are all adopted sons and adopted daughters?
And yet this is exactly what happened over two thousand years ago. Yes, the story of Jesus is one of birth, and of life, and it is about faith, and hope and love, but it is also an adoption story.
It is the story of your adoption.
The power of Jesus' birth is that it opened up a path for us all to live eternally in the Father’s house. It opened up a window of opportunity to step through the gates of heaven and to eternally live with our Creator.
Too often we view adoption as a “less than” strategy. Or we see it as a plan B. Maybe we believe that an adopted son or an adopted daughter is not a FULL son or daughter. And yet, this is completely contradictory to God’s definition of adoption.
In God’s Kingdom, adoption is a full-heir, with full rights of sonship and daughtership. It is an eternal identity.
Our bodies and our lives?
That too was rendered temporary through Jesus's resurrection.
Well, that is a permanent and eternal status.
Ephesians 1: 4-5(NLT)
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 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.
Does this sound like a plan B? God's plan, before he even made the world, was to love us and to choose us! He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus.
Adoption is biblical, and it brings God great pleasure! If you are pregnant and afraid, know that God loves you and that adoption gives him great pleasure. If you are considering adoption as part of your family planning journey know that God is pleased with adoption and that this is his own plan A for us!
As you celebrate this season, no matter your situation, take a moment to reflect on the eternal and permanent nature of adoption. Take some time to ponder the significance of what it means to be adopted, and the eternal impact of our adoption into the Kingdom of God through his son Jesus Christ.