gospel wednesday

GWMy husband and I had a wonderful time together last weekend. Thanks to a super subtle (not so subtle at all) suggestion on my part, we took a drive out to Julian to go apple picking! We had great conversation, listened to great music, and it was just so beautiful out in the country. I was snapping as many photos as possible, trying my best to capture our memories. One photo in particular struck a chord with me.

As we were walking from tree to tree, trying to find the best apples possible, we noticed there were a bunch that had fallen off the branches to the ground. There were multiple worm-holes and bruises on these apples. They were dirty and rotten, and people were continually tripping over them. Nobody wanted them. These apples were fallen fruit.fallen apples

I could see fallen fruit right before my eyes and it reminded me of a song that gives a beautiful picture of the Gospel. Please take a listen and read along:

Ghost Ship – Poison Tree 

This tree bears strange fruit

There’s blood on the leaves, it’s dead at the roots
The cracked grey branches are decaying within
Just like the black poison that hangs from its limbs

Come and dig me up, reach down to the roots
Rip the deadness out, and plant something new

I am alive, I will abide
In the life-giving blood of Christ
I’m grafted in, You’ve killed my sin
Now I will live, I’ll live in Him

I tried to tie good fruit
To a tree that had poison all the way through
It rotted and fell off, it was dead to the core
It even killed the ground, I was worse than before

Come and dig me up, reach down to the roots 
Rip the deadness out, and plant something  new 

I am alive, I will abide 
In the life giving blood of Christ 
I’m grafted in, You’ve killed my sin 
Now I will live, I’ll live in Him 

It was a hard day when I realized that I was rotten all the way through: self-righteous, prideful, resentful, disbelieving, and greedy. In that moment, I was so aware of the poison within my soul, the rot within my heart, and what I deserved for my sins. But it was that same day that I felt free. It was that same day that I was brought to my knees in gratitude. It was that same day that I remembered the Gospel:

  • God is good, loving, perfect, holy and Almighty.
  • We are sinners, rebels declaring war against God, and deserve the punishments of Hell.
  • BUT God, being so gracious and loving, sent His Son to live the perfect life we could never live and die the death that we deserve. Jesus, God Himself in the flesh, dies on OUR cross. God’s wrath against OUR sin, which was meant for US, is poured out onto Jesus instead. Jesus made this sacrifice for all who trust in Him for salvation and turn away from their sin and rebellion.
  • Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death. Because of this, God makes us a new creation in Jesus Christ and gives us freedom in life through His incredible work on the cross and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We also have the promise of restored relationship and eternal life in heaven with God.
  • Jesus is ALIVE and He is coming back to set all things new, making all wrong things right, once and for all.

This is GOOD NEWS! I am so blessed to know this truth and believe it. My Soul rejoices in the forgiveness I have been given and the freedom I now have. God is so gracious and has made me a new creation. My heart now longs to worship my Jesus and praise Him always. I desire to share this truth in love and compassion to all.

My prayers go out to anyone who is aware of the poison and sin within themselves. I pray that you would know Jesus and embrace His forgiveness. I also pray that you would repent and believe the Gospel deeply. We can apply it to every area of of our lives. It delivers us and brings us hope eternal.

Colossians 1: 13-14 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Amen!

Lastly, I researched an article that further explains the lyrics of this song and gives a great background as to why it was written. One quote in particular grabbed my attention. Enjoy this truth: Gospel Wednesday - Fallen Fruit

God bless you! Rejoice in the good news of the Gospel!

xo sarah

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3 thoughts on “gospel wednesday

  1. Amen.
    Sweet Sarah, thank you for sharing this Gospel message & that beautiful moment in the Apple Orchard You had with Jesus, thank you for sharing it. I haven’t heard that song, but the words just touched my heart.. I will take a listen.

    Have a beautiful day
    xoxo
    Mom

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