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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

The Root

Have you ever wanted to- or maybe you have- trace back your family tree?

Discovering many aunts and uncles, and maybe a few relatives you had no idea even existed?

You begin with yourself, then you look across both your father and mother’s family, back to you grandparents, their grandparents, cousins, a cousin once-removed, and the list goes on.

God’s Tree is much like this.

Except at the root of this tree, is Jesus.

There are many branches and limbs to the tree, but every one one of them leads back to their root- Jesus.

In Romans, Paul tells us this:

“....For if the roots are holy, the branches will be too. But some of the branches from Abrahams 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.”

- Romans 11: 16-18 (NLT)

Paul is saying that we are wild, we have no roots- nothing that will supply life. He means that we are dead in ourselves, and only in Christ can we truly Live. We are all rebel children bought by our Father- from which we all receive grace.

By Grace, we are Grafted into God’s Tree.

Graft; A shoot or twig inserted into a slip on the trunk or stem of a living plant from which it receives sap.

The grafting process is tedious work.

You must make a notch in your rootstock (the roots and bottom half of the tree) and take your Scion (the upper dormant half of your tree), and place it in the notch you have created.

And the two are bound together.

The tree senses it has been wounded, and therefore attempts to heal its wound, by securing itself to the new Scion.

In short, it is the process of joining two plants together, to grow as one plant.

All of our lives, there has been a notch in our souls that could never mend on its own.

But if we have been grafted into God's tree, then Jesus is our root. His roots run deep into the wells of the Father's grace, and it is through him that our weary souls are revived and restored to life through salvation.

He is our foundation and life-source. He is our root.

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