It is often hard for people these days, to grasp how it is that a man who was referred to as the king of the Jews, could possibly have anything to do with them here and now. Oddly, back in the first days of the church, it was the Jews who had trouble grasping the true extent to which Jesus was indeed their King. They simply couldn’t come to terms with the idea that Jesus had defeated death, fulfilled the law and so by his sacrifice, all who accepted this and turned to him, would no longer be doomed to die having failed to live up to the Law of Moses, but would instead have everlasting life. They preferred to stick with Moses, who had always been their benchmark. It is the same today, people just want to stick with what they already know. Paul wanted make the Jews jealous of the favour the Lord showered over the new Gentile believers. He desperately wanted the Jews, Gods chosen people, his own people to be saved. So he hoped that they would see the reality of their living God in the lives of the Gentiles and be galvanised into actively seeking their own salvation.
Romans 11:13-18 NLT
I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead! And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too. But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.
My goal is to encourage the fellowship of believers that I know, to let the Lord shine out brightly in their lives. I hope that he would shine so brightly, that those who come into contact with the church could not possibly miss it or mistake it for anything else. Also, I hope that we believers would never be smug or complacent in our faith. We must always remember, as Paul reminds us, that we are wild olive branches grafted, by the grace of God onto his special, chosen olive tree. We are mere twigs, that don’t even deserve to be there!
2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21, Romans 11:13-36, Psalms 22:1-18, Proverbs 20:7