Romans 11:17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others…
We frequently think of grafting a branch into the trunk in terms of the benefit to the branch, but not often about what the cost is to the trunk itself. Proper grafting requires a cut in the trunk. The trunk must be wounded for the grafted branch to grow properly.
No graft without wounding — the laying bare and opening up of the inner life of the tree to receive the stranger branch. It is only through such wounding that access can be obtained to the fellowship of the sap and the growth and the life of the stronger stem. Even so with Jesus and the sinner. Only when we are planted into the likeness of His death shall we also be in the likeness of His resurrection, partakers of the life and the power there are in Him. In the death of the Cross Christ was wounded, and in His opened wounds a place prepared where we might be grafted in. And just as one might say to a graft, and does practically say as it is fixed in its place, “Abide here in the wound of the stem, that is now to bear you”; so to the believing soul the message comes, “Abide in the wounds of Jesus; there is the place of union, and life, and growth. There you shall see how His heart was opened to receive you; how His flesh was rent that the way might be opened for your being made one with Him, and having access to all the blessings flowing from His divine nature.”
Abide in Christ