Christmas & Adoption
I am reflecting this week on the relationship between Christmas and adoption. Our Christmas card featured Galatians 4:4-6, which states:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-6 ESV (emphasis mine))
The birth of Jesus is directly related to God’s adoption plan. We could not be adopted by God without the birth of Jesus. Why does it matter that we were adopted? It matters because through adoption, we become heirs (And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:7 ESV)). As an heir, we get the perks of being a child of God – namely, the Holy Spirit, eternal security, and a seat in the throne room to rule over the earth (our inheritance). Pretty sweet. Even more, we get the right to call God, our father – we are daughters and sons of the most high God of the universe.
I heard once an adoptive father tell of explaining to his son that the adoption was permanent. There was no distinction between the adopted child and the other biological children. Children are not loved by their parents because they earned it. Ask any new mom what her child did to earn her love, and she will look at you like you have three heads (only partly due to sleep-deprivation). Parents love their children because they are their children. Likewise, God loves us, not because of anything we did or any value we bring to the table, but just because we are his children. But, we are only his children through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This week, I will celebrate my brother’s birth, which allowed me to enter into the holy family of God as a permanent member. Merry Christmas!