In the beginning it was Israel that was God’s chosen people. For the thousands of years before Christ, they were God’s only people. They are the people of the law, the covenant, the prophets, the temple, the history, and of Jesus’ ancestors. Yet they are, like us, a broken people. The law is ever before them as a testament to their inability to make it on their own. We too cannot walk out our faith on our own. God sent Jesus to establish a new way, to establish a new covenant with a people who became known as Christians. We are a people of the Jewish Bible but also a people of the New Testament.
In Romans 9 you can hear Paul’s pain and anguish. He was a former Jew hurting for his fellow Jews. Paul offers up his own faith – if Israel would just believe in Jesus Christ. That’s pretty amazing. It is very sacrificial. It is also something that I could see Christ doing.
So it begs the question in me – and hopefully in you too – what am I willing to do to bring a lost soul to Christ? What would I gladly yield up to save another? These are good questions to spend some time with today.
Scripture reference: Romans 9: 1-5