There is no greater theme in all of history than that of adoption, which is something that runs through the biblical narrative of Christianity from the very first page, all the way to the very last. In fact, that’s really what the main storyline of the Bible centers around.
God created a family for Himself called “humans.” This family ultimately rejected Him and estranged themselves from Him. The rest of the Bible is about the great lengths the Lord of Glory went through in order to restore that broken relationship. This was accomplished through the adoption of individuals into His new family through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Whenever you see a wonderful story of adoption, you are seeing a shadow or type of this incredible truth play out before your eyes. Which is why New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge sharing the tale of his own adoption is so awesome.
“Measuring 6’7” and weighing in at 282 pounds, Judge is colossal in physical size and stature – but stands even taller in reputation as one of baseball’s good guys – a man who prioritizes his Christian faith and credits the love and care of his family for his baseball success,” the Daily Citizen reported.
“Drafted by the Yankees in 2013, Aaron Judge is now in his seventh Major League Season. Not since the days of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in the 1960s have the Bronx Bombers had someone with such consistent, explosive power,” the story continued.
“My parents are amazing, they’ve taught me so many lessons,’’ Judge has gone on to say. “I honestly can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for me.’’
Judge, born and raised in Linden, California, was adopted at birth by Wayne and Patty. His older biological brother, John, was also adopted at the same time.
“I feel they kind of picked me,” Judge once said to a reporter. “I feel that God was the one that matched us together.”
His adoptive parents decided against discussing his adoption while he was a young man, which led to Aaron suspecting that there was something up by the time he hit ten.
“I knew I didn’t look like them,” Judge recalled. “So I started asking questions and they told me I was adopted and answered all my questions, and that was that. I was fine with it. It really didn’t bother me because that the only parents I’ve known.”
Judge then went on to say that the whole adoption thing was “no big deal.”
Here’s more from the Daily Citizen:
Wayne Judge calls the family’s adoption of Aaron a “miracle,” saying “Words can’t describe how proud of him we are.” After her son mentioned how blessed he was to hail from such a family, his mother, Patty, responded by saying, “We’re more blessed than he is.”
Good families are mutual admiration societies.
Given his beginnings and rise to fame, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the home run leader claims 2 Corinthians 5:7 as his life verse:
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
“It’s one of my favorite Bible verses,” Judge explained, “[I] try to live my life by it, and always trust the Man above and what He’s got in store for us. We never know what’s around the corner, but if we have faith in Him, He will lead us in the right direction.”
How beautiful is this story? We need more individuals like Judge to be outspoken about their faith, showing folks what it’s really like to follow the Lord. So many out in our culture have lost hope due to their circumstances and situations they find themselves in, especially young women who find themselves young, pregnant, and not in a position to truly care for a baby.
Aaron’s mother chose life.
And what a miracle his life has been.