Chapel times at JCCS are one of the many highlights during my school week. As I think I have said many times before, there is nothing quite like a group of children singing praises to God in unison. Hearing our students sing worship songs, hymns, and Christmas carols brings a renewed sense to me of what it looks like to have a “child-like” faith. It challenges me to join them in singing out full volume and love Jesus just because He is Jesus!
This week, I would like to highlight a little tid-bit that I received from our speaker, Marc Bertrand (Pastor at Walsh Baptist Church). His message to the children focused in on being a son or daughter; that we can be identified as the son or daughter of someone else. For example, I am Chad, the son of Eric (maybe, you know my father).
He tied this into the fact that Jesus is identified as being the Son of many different beings over the course of the Bible. He identified three different titles: Son of God, Son of David, and Son of Abraham. Ultimately, none of these beings were the actual human father of Jesus, but each one is pivotal in the story of redemption and in the coming of the Messiah.
As he dabbled into each different father or forefather of Jesus, he asked the students to identify a father of Jesus that was not mentioned. Without hesitation, a Grade 2 student yelled out, “Joseph!”
Pastor Marc then mentioned something that I had never really considered or thought about. According to the genealogy in Matthew 1, the bloodline of Christ from Abraham through David through to Christ also goes through Joseph. However, Joseph was not biologically represented in Christ. The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and requested of him to take Jesus as his own Son and care for Him like a father. The modern term for this is adoption.
Adoption is a theme that I had not spent much time considering in the Christian walk. In Galatians, it refers to the fact that we are redeemed from under the law and ADOPTED as sons and daughters of God. Adoption is act to taking something (a child in most cases) and bringing it in your domain and providing care and support for it.
Is this not a goal that we should have at JCCS, that we welcome any child into our fold and provide care and support for him or her? That we would “adopt” children into our JCCS family and give them a safe and nurturing environment to grow, develop, and thrive in? Ask any of the teachers in our building and they would say that they care for their students in the same way that they would for their own children. Educators “adopt” their students; it is under-written in our DNA