Version 2 of the "Who Are We?" story, the biblical story of the world
In this version we see ourselves in Christ as fruitful branches, part of the Abraham tree, firmly rooted in God's ancient plan.
Prototype story by Stan Nussbaum
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The story of the world is a story about group identity and roots.
God’s strategy to bless the world is to identify himself with one group of people and to bless all the other groups through his group. He created his group through one person who trusted him completely—Abraham.
He redefined his group through one person—Jesus. Now people from any ethnic group may be grafted into his group and share in his campaign to bless everyone.
Expanded version: Uprooted
God, the Real GOD, created a beautiful world, perfectly inter-connected and peaceful. He walked and talked in the Garden of Eden with the first humans, Adam and Eve. He put everything at their fingertips. They just picked, ate, and relaxed
But wouldn’t you know it, they sneakily tried the fruit of the only tree God said not to eat. They did not trust God enough to know what was good for them. God uprooted them from paradise and banished them. They discovered shame, labor, pain, fear, and death.
Centuries went by, and things kept falling apart. Humans could not re-root themselves in God or recover the kind of life they had. So God stepped back in. He chose a man named Abraham to be the new root of a new nation.
The first thing God did to Abraham was to uproot him! He told him to leave his homeland and go to a land that would become the inheritance of the nation that would come from him, and Abraham did it even though he was already old and had no children. He believed God’s promise that he would have descendants as uncountable as “sand on the seashore,” and they would be the key to bringing God’s blessing to the whole world.
The first step was that God blessed Abraham with a son. Then, over the centuries,God's promise that Abraham would have many descendants gradually came true. Abraham’s grandson Jacob had twelve sons, and each became the father of an entire clan. God rooted the new nation in the region he had promised Abraham, and he gave them one command above all others:
“No fake gods. I am the Real GOD, the God of Abraham, and you are mine.”
They promised to stay true to their roots in Abraham but their promise didn’t last. They started worshiping the fake gods along with the Real GOD. He warned them through his messengers, but they didn’t listen. Without his protection, they got uprooted again and transplanted into a foreign land, Babylon.
But that was not the end. Besides warning the nation, the messengers also predicted that someday a Rescuer would be born, a descendant of Abraham in the line of King David. Like them, he would never worship the fake gods. He would perfectly, permanently re-root the nation and the world in God.
Centuries later that prophecy came true. Jesus was born, a descendant of Abraham. He did not directly declare that he was the long-awaited king or Messiah, but he kept talking like he was: “This is it! God is reconnecting with earth, setting up his kingdom to deliver his blessings. Follow me and see what I mean.”
The authorities of the nation, also descendants of Abraham, decided that Jesus was a fake messiah, and they got the Roman governor to execute him as a political threat. But the Real GOD proved Jesus was the real Messiah by bringing him back to life.
Here is the shocker. Jesus’s death changed the line of descent from Abraham. From then on, people who are blood descendants of Abraham lose their connection with the promises God gave Abraham for as long as they think Jesus is a fake. In contrast, all those who accept Jesus as the genuine Messiah are grafted into Abraham’s heritage whether they are blood descendants of Abraham or not. All is forgiven. They receive the Spirit of Jesus, like a new DNA, a new “bloodline”.
These spiritual descendants of Abraham keep getting attacked by people who are furious about what they say Jesus is doing and how he is doing it. Nevertheless, they show mercy to their attackers, following Jesus’ instructions and example at any price. They know their mission is to bless the world.
Why are they so confident? Roots! Through Jesus they are connected all the way back to their spiritual forefather Abraham. Jesus also connects them forward, all the way to the end of the world, when he will come back to earth in person to uproot all evil and throw it away forever.
So that’s our story. That’s why we live the way we live and tell this story so gladly. Who are we? We are fruitful branches on the Abraham family tree. We are spiritual descendants of Abraham who are recruiting others to become descendants of Abraham and to participate in God’s 4000-year-old strategy to bless the world.
Reflections on SYNCing with the story, Uprooted
If you have already said, “I’m in. SYNC me!” you have your roots in Abraham. You have his spiritual DNA. So let’s celebrate with a huge “Yes” to all five of these things:
Yes, God has provided a new spiritual root to unite and bless humanity, and it all goes back to Abraham.
Yes, the key to God’s whole strategy is Jesus, the King of blessing, whose wrongful death ironically created a way for people like us to become spiritual descendants of Abraham.
Yes, Jesus puts his Spirit, life, and power into us, rooting us in Abraham and giving us a share in the mission of Abraham’s tribe—blessing the whole world.
Yes, I am blessing others right now—forgiving everybody for everything like Jesus has forgiven me. My roots give me strength to trust God about that.
Yes, I am trusting Jesus and his Spirit to help me rise above any rejection I face for him. I know my roots are in Abraham. I know I am one of the many citizens of Jesus’ kingdom.
Here is a little more info as you consider your options.
Jesus won’t force you into Abraham's family, but once you say yes, he brings you in. He roots you in Abraham spiritually, so you trust God like Abraham did. That is what the rest of your life will be about—finding out what Jesus meant when he said, “God is setting up his kingdom to deliver his blessings!”
You won’t get to run your own life or build your own kingdom any more, but you will be rooted in God’s kingdom, and you will never have to wonder about your identity or purpose again. Deal or no deal?