December 13, 2022
And we ourselves proclaim to you the good news of the promise that was made to our ancestors. God has fulfilled this for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm: You are my Son; today I have become your Father. As to his raising him from the dead, never to return to decay, he has spoken in this way, I will give you the holy and sure promises of David. Therefore he also says in another passage, You will not let your Holy One see decay. For David, after serving God’s purpose in his own generation, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and decayed, but the one God raised up did not decay. Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers and sisters, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you. Everyone who believes is justified through him from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses. So beware that what is said in the prophets does not happen to you: Look, you scoffers, marvel and vanish away, because I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will never believe, even if someone were to explain it to you.” Paul and Barnabas boldly replied, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first. Since you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and honored the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed. The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.
Acts 13:32-41, 46-49
Oh, how wonderful. Oh how precious. We were invited in apparently by default. It seems this way doesn’t it.
But the jews rejected the truth. Though the Lord still calls to them today.
They are the chikdren of Israel, that is, of Jacob the one who had his name changed, after his heart was transformed by his encounter with and surrendering to God. In persistence in beseeching God for the inheritance of the promise of the blessing he found salvation when he acknowledged his need of God.
But what of the children of Ishmael? What of the son of slave Hagar? What about the children of Abraham’s illegitimate son?
As I read the promise given to Abraham I read a particular fact that stands out to me.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Did you catch it? Did you read it?
Here it is…
“𝔸𝕟𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕗𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕤𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕓𝕖 𝕓𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕖𝕕.”
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 12:1-3, 7-8
I want to reiterate it again, 𝔸𝕟𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕗𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕤𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕓𝕖 𝕓𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕖𝕕.
In Abraham’s seed, in his descendents, his seed, his children, those who would come as his offspring… all the people of the world would be blessed.
Jesus came through by way of this family origin. This family line was for the benefit of all the peoples of world.
This is why it states in Revelation chapter 7,
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Jesus is the Lamb of God. He is the one who came through the line of Abraham. He is the seed by which all the nations of the world would be blessed.
The plan of redemption was not only for the jew. Redemption is of the Lord. It is for the whosoever.
John 3:16 puts it this way, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. In Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham and of David is found the forgiveness of sins.
In him is found our reconnection path to reconciliation with the Padre.
In Yeshua Hamashiach, that is Jesus the Anointed one, the Messiah, the Holy One, the Christ.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob told their generations of this Messiah that would come.
Jesus is the one who came. And though he came he was rejected. Though he was the Holy Son, he was ignored.
So, we, who may come from the gentiles, we who were considered illegitimate and not of God’s own people have been chosen to be engrafted in to the olive tree.
In the book of John chapter 15 it reads, “I am the vine ye are the branches…”
In verse 3 it states,
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
We have been engrafted in. We have been called to participate in the feast. Oh how beautiful. We who were considered ignored and forsaken.
We were mistaken. We were in God’s plan from the onset. From the beginning. Yes, God’s intention was to save humanity from their fallen sinful state by way of a Redeemer that would shed his blood as the payment for all sin.
Let’s study here.
The Olive tree is known for its fruit and it is quite particular. The health benefits of the olives are many. Olive oil is used for its medicinal properties, it is good for the body. It is good for digestion and for the skin. It is also used to maintain different materials, for example rubbing it on leather and such for maintenance. It was used for oil lamps and for trade and for soap. The marvelous uses of this oil are representative of all the gifts God God promised Abraham.
Provision, health, clarity and direction since it was used to provide light.
Oh Jesus is the tree trunk. He is the vine trunk. He is the Olive tree.
The “kotinos” or Wild olive branch was engrafted in to an olive tree at the truck or base. There even though it was known to be weak and not able to produce strong and bountiful fruit, it was engrafted in so it could receive the sap from the trunk and the nutrients that would enable it to develop strength and grow and thereby produce olives that were good.
Jesus is the trunk. We have been engrafted in to the one who gives nourishment to our souls. He restores us. Gives us his strength.
He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:9
We who were once alienated and not connected have been brought in to be partakers of his bountiful table.
The Lamb has made a way by whichn every one who believes in Christ Jesus can come and join the celebration of the children of God.
Jews who believe in their Messiah are the children of God. And we who have been adopted in to the kingdom by way of Jesus have the same privileges as the ones born, in house.
We have been engrafted in.
We have been engrafted into the Zayit.
That is the olive is considered for its purity and its ability to remain in all temperatures. Regardless of the dry weather and the cold its leaves remain on it. It continues to produce fruit.
Jesus was rejected, spat on, beaten, whipped anf then placed on a roman cross to die. Yet, we understand that on the third day He rose from the grave. He is perpetual and his life is for all who come to him. Those who thought they had no hope. Their ability to self sustain was futile. Yet engrafted in to the everlasting tree, they have eternal life.
The Teee of Life in the Garden of Eden was none other than Jesus.
We know him as the True Vine.
One cannot eat of him unless one is willing to resign to the past. When we come to Jesus, he heals our brokenness. He mends our hearts. He restores our lives.
Without him, we cannot survive. He is the Life Giver and the Life sustainer.
He is the seed of Abraham. We too, being a ‘Kotinos’ can be made to be part of This great Zayit.
The One who can give life everlasting is Jesus the Messiah. The long awaited Christ.
He is the one seed of Abraham by which all the families of the world would be blessed by.
He is the Redeemer who paid the price for our freedom.
He takes the sons of Abraham, both Isaac and Ishmael and joins them together in Himself.
Salvation is of the Jew and the Gentile.
There is a prerequisite to being engrafted in. We must repent. We must believe and turn our lives around. We must accept that Jesus came of a virgin, died on the cross, rose on the third day and is the seed of Abraham promised to bless all the families of the world.
We must believe he is the Messiah and the one true seed of Adam and of Abraham.
The invitation has been made.
It is up to you and me to accept it.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
I reiterate here, God desires that none should perish. But scripture is clear. We must be born again. We must come by way of the Blood of the Lamb of God. He cleanses away our sin.
There is no other Lord or Christ. He alone is Lord of all.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-5, 9-14
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The gospel is not just for the Catholics. It is not for the Western world. It is not for the Gentiles alone.
JESUS, YESHUA WAS A JEW.
JESUS IS THE SEED BY WHICH ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD CAN BE SAVED.
Jesus said it himself.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
So, what and how and when can we receive him?
What ritual can we perform?
How does one come in contact with this Lord?
This is the beauty of it.
1 John 1:9 says,
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The way to get this ticket in is to pray and confess your sin to God.
Talk to God. Right where you are, no extra things needed.
Ask the Lord to forgive you of all your sin. Ask Jesus to become Lord of your life. Tell him how sorry you are for your past wrong doings.
Use your own words.
No fancy jargon is necessary.
Just tell him,
Jesus I believe you are the Son of God. I believe you died to set me free.
I believe you rose from the dead. I want you to be My God.
Engraft me in. Save me.
He is the true vine that will do jaut that. The moment we believe and confess it with out mouths. We are in.
Scrioture tells us all heaven rejoices when one soul comes in to fold. When you tell Jesus you want him and accept his forgiveness and his love. Your new life begins.
All the families of the world were to be blessed from the beginning. God intended to save us all. All who believe can come join the family of God. Yes, Jews and gentiles.
Then one day together we will be singing His praises. Together with all who have accepted Jesus as their Messiah throughout history, yes, all who have died before us believing in Jesus will stand together singing the song of the redeemed. We will rejoice together as one with God the Father, God the Son and His Holy Spirit. We will be one people.
He is the Olive Tree and we the Wild olive tree. United forever in God.
I pray this is a palatable message.
I pray your soul can eat of this Bread and never hunger for community again. You will have a sense of belonging and fullness.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
I pray you come.
Be no longer an outcast. Be no longer outside the family. Come. He longs to make us one in him.