What does this have to do with me? Aren’t we talking about Jewish history and identity? That doesn’t include me! I’m a Gentile. Yes. Yes you are a Gentile, but you have, according to chapter 11 of this book, been grafted in with believing Israel into one people of God. This has everything to do with you.
What is the main point of this passage? The main point is that Paul was sorrowful over the rejection of the gospel by his people. He was sorrowful because out of all people on the earth, they should have known! They should have understood! They should have seen the Messiah coming. They had the wiring to worship Christ and they rejected him. Was God unrighteous then? Read Romans 9:6. Not all Israel is Israel. Just because they were the right nation, doesn’t mean they were God’s people. This is where you come in. Just because you are an American, just because you are a church-goer, just because you are a “good person”, just because you prayed a prayer and walked an isle doesn’t mean you are one of God’s people. You are wired for worship, but just because all the wiring is there, you still might be an idolator at heart. I want to exhort you this morning to worship Jesus. Worship Jesus. If you are not a Christian, come to Jesus and worship him for the savior that he is. If you are a believer, come to Jesus this morning, idols in hand and lay them down, worshipping him for who he is.
Who is Jesus?
- The price for eternal adoption: Galatians 3:22-4:7 You are a son. You belong to God because of Jesus Christ.
- The glory of God: John 1:14, 8:58; Colossians 2:9
- The fulfillment of the covenants: 2 Corinthians 1:20
- Abrahamic: Acts 3:25-26; Galatians 3: 8ff
- Mosaic: Matthew 5:17-18
- Davidic: Luke 1:32-35; Romans 1:1-4
This is Jesus. Behold your God. Don’t harden your heart, but worship him in Spirit and in truth. For he is the truth, and the way and the life and no one comes to the Father but through him. Rejoice and be glad in the Savior-King, Jesus Christ.