I’ve always known that Jesus shared no biological tie to his father, Joseph. But do we soak in that Jesus was ADOPTED by Joseph? And, as God’s grand gesture to reveal the beauty of adoption (and so much more), our salvation is hinged on Jesus’ adoption!
Old Testament scripture said that the Messiah must come from King David’s family line. Mary, as Jesus’ only biological tie, was not a direct descendant of David. Joseph was. So how can Jesus be the Messiah? …through adoption to his father Joseph, who was from the line of David!
The New Testament affirms that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. In fact, Romans 1:3 says that Jesus was “made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” ACCORDING to the FLESH!! Jesus’ adoption meant that even His FLESH now came from the correct family line to be the Messiah. Jesus’ FLESH was the perfect sacrifice for our sins on the cross, and the perfect FLESH to be raised from the dead to show His victory over sin and death.
What a powerful picture for any Christian doubting whether the bonds of adoption could be as strong as those of genetics!