Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 11:17-19 which says:
“17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”
Paul is using the example of branches that are broken off or grafted in. Originally the Jews were God’s people, but some of God’s people rejected Him. So God broke those “branches” off and He grafted new branches in. How did He graft new branches in? It begins with how Jesus came down from heaven and died for our sins. All “branches” or people are sinners and so all the Gentiles had no hope because they were not God’s people. But Jesus came down from heaven and He died for us on the cross! Now all of those branches who were not from God’s tree can be grafted into the tree of God’s children!
All sinners were from a wild olive tree if you will, but if we accept Jesus’ sacrifice then we are broken of the tree of sin and we are grafted into the tree of God’s children. The process of being grafted in goes like this, we are cut off of the tree of sin by accepting that we are sinners and repenting of our sins, that hurts. The tree “bleeds” sap. Then we are put into a place on the tree of God’s children by trusting in Jesus as our savior. Now we are a part of God’s children. We continue to grow by reading the Bible and searching for the Gospel. Then we spread the Gospel to unbelievers and we bear fruit! If you are a branch that is still on the tree of sin, then why don’t you become grafted into the tree of God’s children? Why don’t you trust in Jesus and live?
Paul says that we should not consider ourselves superior to other branches. Then he gives advice for those who do consider themselves superior, think about how you don’t support the root and that the root supports you! Jesus is the root of the tree, we should not get prideful and think that we are better than another branch because “we are more fully grown” or “we have more fruit then other branches” we are all in Jesus and we should help those other branches who might be struggling to grow!
Paul also talks about how we were grafted in because other branches were broken off. Those branches were the Jews who rejected the word of God and who rejected Jesus. However, those branches that were cut off can be grafted in again. Those who rejected Jesus can hear the Gospel and accept Him! That is why we should also spread the Gospel to others, so that they can be grafted into the tree of God’s children.
Praise God that we are grafted into the tree of God’s children. It is a blessing that Jesus came down from heaven and died for our sins so that we could be cut off from the tree of sin and grafted into God’s tree. Praise the Lord that we have been saved from our sins because Jesus came and died for us on the cross! Thank You Jesus!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.