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The Vine and the Branches- John 15:1-26

Posted by on April 9, 2014
In today's reading, Jesus says he is the vine and we are the branches.

In today’s reading, Jesus says he is the vine and we are the branches.

As Jesus continues to talk with his disciples, he uses a vine metaphor. He tells them that he is the true vine and that God is the gardener who cuts off every branch that doesn’t bear fruit. If you stopped reading there, you might give a sigh of relief, thinking, “Whew! Glad I missed that bullet, I’m very fruitful.” Read on.

It goes on to say that God prunes every branch that does produce fruit, so that it will be even more fruitful. Perhaps, if you are struggling right now, but trying to do everything right as you walk with God, you are being pruned. Hang in there; God has a plan and you may be getting ready to produce some unbelievably beautiful and delicious fruit.

Pruning means cutting off parts of the plant that aren’t fruitful. It’s probably a good idea for us to reflect from time-to-time on what in our lives is producing good fruit for God and what may need to be pruned.

Jesus then says that we have to remain in him, stay with him. We can’t wander away and still produce good fruit, because a branch can’t produce fruit when it is cut off from the vine. It will die without the nutrients of the main vine. He also says that dead branches will be picked up and burned. This is a reference to judgement.

We like to think of Jesus’ message of love for everyone and that is the heart of his message. But, he also clearly states that we have to follow him. There are consequences if we don’t.

He goes on to say that if we remain in him, his words will remain in us and he will give us whatever we ask to glorify God. He is not being literal here. It’s not like, “I love you Jesus and I believe in you, so please give me a new car.” The point is, if we follow Jesus and know his teachings and words, we will know how to pray and what to pray for to glorify God, (not ourselves).

Next, Jesus talks about love. God has loved him and Jesus loves us. He urges us to stay in his love. He tells us this so that our joy may be complete. Jesus is concerned about our joy. These are not empty rules. He doesn’t say do these things or else. He says that he wants us to have complete joy. Imagine life with complete joy. Looks pretty good, right?

Then we get the great command. “Love each other as I have loved you.” He talks about laying down your life for  friends, something he is about to willingly do. He says that he chose these disciples. They were chosen. He chooses us in the same way. We are chosen to love him, to love each other and to follow him.

The rest of this short chapter warns the disciples and us that the world will hate them just as it hates him. This is to be expected. The “world”  lives in direct opposition to God and his plan and people. He tells them again that the Holy Spirit will be coming to testify the truth.

We too, are called to testify. That simply means that we are supposed to share the truth of Christ when we are given the chance. It’s a call to all of us.

What do you think about today’s reading? I’d love to hear from you.

Have an awesome day!

Wendy 🙂

4 Responses to The Vine and the Branches- John 15:1-26

  1. Cathy Chapman

    Excellent…always come away with things to think about.

  2. Jeanette Gibson Caneega

    This is one of my favorite passages dealing with guidance from Christ. It just makes so much sense and, Wendy, you have touched on the substance of this passage in such an understanding manner. This passage reminds me of a comment made by Matthew Henry who is an excellent Bible commentator: “Love is the root, obedience is the fruit”.

    Tomorrow will have been Jeff’s 44th birthday. I am reminded about him showing up to help you move. It soothes my heart knowing that he produced some good fruit during his 28 years of life. Two days before his death he made the statement that life had become so simple for him. You put God first, then your family and everything else will fall into place.
    These words give me much peace and joy. By the blood of Christ, the “best is yet to be” for my family.

    • Wendy

      Hi Jeanette. I’m sending special prayers your way today and tomorrow. Jeff was such a delight to be around. He was one of those rare people who can just light up a room by being in it. He was also always willing to lend a hand, like helping me move just because I happened to run into him and mention I needed help. Knowing him was a blessing. I’m sure you take great comfort in that last conversation with him. Those words were a gift to you that I know you treasure. You are a 100% correct, by the blood of Christ the best IS yet to be for your family. I love you. Wendy

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