10th March 2012

I Am The Vine

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15 :5 (NIV)

When I cut the lawn in the summer the freshly mown grass lies on the surface and is difficult to see. Within half an hour, however, it has started to dry and the green colour fades, so it is easier to see and rake up. If I cut a branch from a tree the process takes longer, but eventually the leaves die for lack of nourishment. 

Jesus used the example of a vine to illustrate a spiritual point. He is our saviour and without him we have only this short life and then we die. Even this life depends on him, as he sustains all things. 

The reason we need to remain in the vine is that we receive spiritual life from Jesus through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. His light and love shine through a Christian and out into the world. This cannot happen if we are cut off—the physical world illustrates this point. 

We are to be a light to the world, and all people that we come into contact with are enriched by the love of Jesus. That love flows through the trunk of the vine and the branches are nourished by it, and so produce fruit. 

Father, we pray that you would keep us attached to the true vine, Jesus Christ, so that we may bear much fruit in your service.

Study by David Boardman

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