DayBreaks for 2/15/2019: I AM #4: The True Vine
John 15:1 (ESV) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
I spent a good many years living in northern California’s wine country and I got to see the vines as they changed with the seasons and passing years. There is a great deal of labor involved in keeping a vineyard.
Israel was often referred to as the vine in the Old Testament, but it was always in the context of degradation – from something that was luxurious and delightful passing into something fruitless, dying or dead. Isaiah and Jeremiah both say it has gone “wild” and is degenerate, no longer fulfilling the purpose for which she was chosen.
It is interesting that Jesus claims he is the “true” vine. He is the vine that will always bear fruit, that will not wither or fail due to heat, cold or any other factor.
As he explains elsewhere in the context, he promises that those branches that stay connected to the vine will bear fruit. And here’s the good news: in the vine, it isn’t the branches that create the nutrition that result in luscious, juicy grapes. Rather, the sap that creates the fruit is itself created in the vine and all the branches do is carry that sap out produce the fruit. How can Jesus guarantee that we will bear fruit? It’s not us at work, it’s Jesus at work to do that. All we need to do is stay/abide in the vine, let the vinedresser (God) prune us according to our need, and Jesus will see to it that we bear the fruit that the world needs and which glorifies the Father!
What fruit are you bearing?
PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for your pruning of us and giving us the privilege of bearing fruit for you! In your name, Amen.
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