I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.
The Book of John is one of my favorites in the Bible! He loves Jesus and Jesus' love for him and for us comes through beautifully; so we can enrich our relationship with Jesus when we take the time to meditate on this Book. Jesus compares our relationship to a vine bearing fruit. He is the vine, the main carrier of life. When we keep our 'branch' attached to the vine, His life 'sap' flows into us, and we keep healthy and grow strong, bearing fruit in season.
Painting at the left is by well known artist, Heidi Jung; current exhibit is at Denver Botanical Gardens until 11/6/16
God is the vinedresser who cares for the plant pruning and feeding. So long as we keep attached to the vine, and Jesus life flows into us, we fulfill our destiny growing plump and juicy fruit. . . that is, growing in intimacy with Him, knowing our assigned work, and receiving help in accomplishing it. If we tear ourselves away from the vine and detach from it, no life can flow into us and we fall to the ground and die.
Another beautiful work by HeidiJung in life /death cycle series now at the Denver Botanical Gardens until 11/6/16
In looking at these verses, I can see so clearly how necessary it is to cling to Jesus and His teachings, for the Word of God is actual food for our body, soul and spirit. It is the life that flows from Jesus into us nurturing our being with truth, building our faith, and enabling that intimate relationship with our God. It is a wonderful analogy, because it builds a picture in our minds of Jesus life flowing into us, a vision that continually expands our understanding.
God’s Word is the adhesive that cements our relationship with Him. His Word works in our hearts to draw us closer, it’s like the air we breathe~ His love surrounds and permeates the atmosphere beautifully, elegantly filling our entire being. As we read and hear His Word, it is alive and gathers in our hearts, planting in us the openness of a child, it becomes the Bread of Life, Jesus.
As we come to be carriers of His Word sharing it with others, Holy Spirit leads and guides us to those who also want to have a deep relationship with God. The close connection we construct with Jesus, with God, allows our communication with Him to thrive. Jesus taught us we can go to the Father and talk with Him and make requests of Him, and He will hear us. For we have honored Him by the inner presence of Jesus, His love, His Words, His commands in our hearts. Our lives are centered around Jesus.
Enjoy the Book of John, my friends! I’ll blog on more next time.
Meanwhile, may His wondrous love be paramount in your lives!