PRAYER + PRAISE

Christ as the True Vine

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; a part from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5

God wants us to bear fruit, in the form of love and kindness to others. He gives us Christ to be in us, so that we develop into the holy and fruit-bearing creatures He desires for us. Christ too, has expectations, as the Son serving the Father; He desires each of us to bear fruit, indeed, but wants each of us to do so by intimately connecting with Him, in love, in truth, with a full heart.

The verse above is one of Jesus’ “I am” phrases, where he proclaims a certain imagery that we to attach our hearts to: I am the Good Sheppard; I am the Light of the World; I am the Door; I am the Bread of Life (there are a total of nine “I am’s”).

As Jesus journeys to the cross, He reveals something to His disciples through the above proclamations and through the works that He is doing. In the True Vine chapter, Jesus has already conducted many miracles, has washed His disciples feet, and is now patiently waiting for His moment on the cross.

Juxtaposed between all these moments, Jesus seems to shift from trying to sort of proof Himself, to instead being very clear and genuine in how His disciples then and now are to relate to Him—by abiding in Him. Verse 9 reads: “As the Father has loved me, I love you. Now remain in my love.”

Jesus concludes His ‘True Vine’ thoughts with another command, verse 17: “Love each other.”

May each of us follow that command, reflecting a perfect love to others by abiding in the true vine. Let us always and forever cling to Him with an open heart—and by doing so, bear much fruit.

Praise: That He is our vine.

Prayer: That we harness Jesus into our souls and reflect His love in the process.

Prayer for Today: Lord, let us see Christ in this way, as the true vine, as the eternal being that we must cling to in order to fulfill our true and righteous call in this world. May we remain so deeply to Christ that we are forever filled by Him. We praise His life-giving nature. In His Mighty Name, Amen.