In Romans 9:1-5 the Apostle Paul expresses a powerful sentiment of his willingness to sacrifice himself for the sake of his own people, Israel. “I am speaking the truth in Christ– I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit– I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.”
Incredible words indeed. Paul is willing to stand in the place of judgment for his own people, Israel if it will redeem them. What kind of courage is required for such sacrifice? Why is it that Paul feels such passion for his kinfolk by flesh—by race?