what they knew by faith

we know by Name

Jesus the King

 Shane & Shane – “Psalm 98 (Sing Unto the Lord)”


I often wonder why God chose to put me in this time and in this place. Without going off into an extremely long mind wondering tangent, I can simply and quickly say that it was His plan. That He had a purpose for me, our marriage, and for our family in this time and in this place. I am so thankful and often floored that I can sing along with Shane & Shane to say that I do know him by name…Jesus! For both of us, our faith lies in this name.

A few weeks back I was pointed to and reminded of the great passage of Philippians 2: 5-11. It’s a beautiful passage of who our King is, His love for us, and what is to come. The truth that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves, that God Himself has paid our ransom, that He is reigning over all things, and that one day we will see Him face-to-face. So despite the sadness and questioning that comes to mind when looking at a world so horribly infected by sin, we have hope. We have hope in our Savior. We have hope in the name of Jesus.

All things point to Jesus – He is the meaning of life – He IS life. So much so, that even the subject of adoption is centered around Him. Yes, the action of adoption is shown by the truth in Ephesians 1:5.

“In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”

That those of us in Christ Jesus are all adopted sons and daughters. That we now inherit His kingdom. But recently my friend Dylan pointed something else out to me. Jesus Himself was adopted. Not by God, like we have been, but by Joseph, so that both sides might fulfill the prophesied bloodline. What this means is that Jesus chose to humble himself by becoming man and a child of adoption through Joseph. He knew that earthly adoption would be part of his story just as God’s adoption of us is par of ours. Adoption has always been God’s plan from the beginning.

This is who we have faith in. In a loving Savior that wants to know us, and would give up any right he had to be with us. We are thankful that He has given us this path to come to know Him more. To draw us closer to the adopted Servant King – Jesus – with whom all our faith lies.