Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
It’s official, summer is almost over, and this weekend we concluded our summer series. So far during this LEGO-themed series, “1×8,” we have been looking at the eight “I Am” statements of Jesus from the Book of John. Today we wrapped it all up with Jesus’ statement in John 15: “I am the true vine.”
Using a very familiar image to His Jewish audience, Jesus explains in John 15 that He is the vine and we are the branches. In the image that He uses, Jesus says that every branch gets cut – either cut off from the vine entirely, or pruned so that it can bear more fruit.
Something important to note, however, is that we are not pruned in order to earn salvation – Jesus already gifted that to anyone who accepts it – we are pruned in order to bear more fruit. This is a crucial distinction! Jesus does not wish to temper us so that we can earn our salvation but rather so that we can bring glory to God.
Another statement in this passage probably seems a bit extreme. “…apart from me you can do nothing.” This statement is very telling, especially if you flip it: if we are doing nothing spiritually, we are apart from Jesus. Interestingly though, Jesus doesn’t tell us to produce this fruit, he tells us to carry it. We are not to create holiness but emanate the Holy Spirit. How are we supposed to do this? Jesus says it eight times in the passage: remain. Simply remain in the vine, following where Jesus leads you.
Jesus wants us to live life alongside Him, not on our own. You see, the closer you get to Jesus, the more vibrantly you’ll experience life! Are you experiencing life on the vine?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Psalm 80:8-9; John 15:1-8; Matthew 7:17-20; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 11:22-23
Your Love Never Fails – Anthony Skinner
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Bethel Music
Lord, I Need You – Kristian Stanfill