This tree looks completely mixed up! Several different colors are blooming and in the summer it will bear several different kinds of fruit in sequence! It is called the “Tree of 40 Fruit.” Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, put this strange tree together using a process called, “chip grafting.” By doing this he has created a tree that bears forty different varieties of fruit with pits!
Today’s verse uses the imagery of grafting branches into an olive tree to describe how salvation was offered to the Gentile, or non-Jewish world. Salvation was brought first to the Jewish race (Rom.1:16). It was not until they rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah that the Gentiles as a group were included in God’s plan of salvation. This is illustrated by some branches being cut off and others being grafted in. In either case, all the branches are on the same footing as all of us are connected to the same Root. Salvation does not depend on ourselves, our works, or our ethnicity. It all depends on faith in Christ and His saving work on the cross.
Feeling superior to other races is a deplorable thing and yet, I will admit that I have had thoughts that are not too God-honoring. Even though God’s love is constant and unconditional, I know that my pride saddens and disappoints Him. How human it is to believe that one group is better and more deserving of God’s grace than another! But grace is never deserved. To be grafted in to the Source of life is an immense privilege and I am so grateful.
Thank you Lord, for including me!