Red Letter Day 15: I Am the Vine
2015 Lent Blog
Wednesday March 4
“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. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
This is another one of the, “I am” passages. When the people of Jesus’ day heard this they would immediately think of grapes. Grapes were a central crop in life. The vine would be like a tree stump in our minds. Off of the vine would come the branches that would be elevated by trellises that kept the branches in the air so they could produce an abundant crop. Their sole source of water and life was the vine. The purpose of the branches is to produce fruit, and abundant fruit.
Jesus makes this analogy to teach us the importance of staying connected with him. Faith is the way that we are connected to Jesus today. What Jesus challenges us here is to produce fruit, or actions that teach people of the all encompassing love and grace of Jesus. Jesus loves us as we are, but faith draws us closer to him and in turn, enables us to live with purpose in life. Our purpose is to bring glory to God. I love the way that Bach wrote on his pieces “soli deo gloria.” This means, To God alone be the glory. In fact this phrase has been used by many and we should think of this in all that we do. May our lives and actions bring Glory to God.
In Christ’s Service,