Resurrection Tree

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016

Transformed by the gospel

Key Bible Verse: You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. (Colossians 2:13)

Dig Deeper: Colossians 2:6-15

The olive tree is notable for several interesting reasons. One is just how incredibly gnarly and twisted it can grow, especially the ones that are hundreds of years old, sometimes more than a thousand years old.

But perhaps the most remarkable thing about an olive tree is that, even if the above-ground structure completely dies – dead limbs, no growth, brown, curled-up leaves, time to fire up the stump grinder – its root system is so hardy and strong, a living tree can actually resurrect from one that was totally destroyed and decayed.

The olive tree is a living picture of the gospel. Life doesn’t reignite itself out on the branches. Instead it happens underground, out of sight, out of anyone’s control, down where (unlike the olive tree) even our roots are dead. But God brings the rebirth. He restores what can’t be restored. He takes what is brittle and broken and beyond all hope, and infuses his own life into dead spaces. Not just once, but again and again. That’s the gospel.

– Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer in Recovering Redemption


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