Devotions

Christ, The Vine

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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READ:

John 15:1

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

John 15:5

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

EXHORTATION:

Iam the true vine. This is the last of the seven great “I am” statements in John’s Gospel (cf. 8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). Jesus affirms that He is the living and true God. Without Him there is no salvation and blessing.

In the Old Testament, God called Israel His vine. He used the Israelites to accomplish His purpose, and He blessed those connected with them. He was the Vinedresser; He cared for the vine, trimmed it, and cut off branches that did not bear fruit. So Jesus was not introducing a new idea by using the metaphor of a vine and branches.

But God’s vine degenerated and bore no fruit. The Vinedresser grieved over the tragedy of Israel’s fruitlessness (Isa 5:1-7a). Israel had forfeited its privilege, as it rejected God’s prophets and, now, His Son. No longer can they bear any fruits for God. Fruit and blessing can only come through connection with Jesus Christ, the True Vine (v.5).

Jesus is the True Vine. In Scripture, the word “true” is often used to describe what is eternal and divine. Israel was imperfect, but Christ is perfect; Israel was the type, but Christ is the reality. Unlike the hypocritical Jewish leaders, Jesus is holy and true.

Jesus chose the figure of a vine plant to emphasise a close, permanent, vital union between Him and His people as it is in the case of the vine and its branches. If branches are to live and bear fruit, they must completely depend on the vine for nourishment, support, strength, and vitality.

Yet many Christians fail to depend on Christ. Instead of being attached to the “true vine,” they are tied to their business, investments, education, skills, relationships, pleasures, etc. Is Christ your true vine?

THOUGHT:

Jesus alone is the vine which supplies us with spiritual life.

PRAYER:

O Lord, thank You for being my true Vine.