Recently I became aware of the fact that Jesus’ lineage came through Joseph, not Mary, so it was not a genetic bloodline. That fact was referred to in a book I posted about earlier today. The author says that “adoption is not only a powerful mission, but is also a central Christian doctrine.” From the book:
Borrowing from J. Gresham Machen’s book, The Virgin Birth of Christ, Russell D. Moore says this: “if Joseph is not ‘really’ the father of Jesus, you and I are going to hell” (p.67). He goes on to explain:
Jesus’ identity as the Christ…is tied to his identity as the descendent of David, the legitimate heir to David’s throne. Jesus saves us as David’s son, the offspring of Abraham, the Christ. That human identity came to Jesus through adoption. Matthew and Like trace Jesus’ roots in Abraham and David through the line of Joseph (Moore, 67).