Text: John 15:1-8
Comforting and famous words from Jesus today: I am the vine, you are the branches.
If you were to sum up the entire section in one phrase it could be this: Remain in me.
You and I left to ourselves have nothing to do with the true vine, Jesus Christ. We aren’t a part of the vine and we never could be. Sinful and imperfect branches have no business being a part of a holy and perfect vine. Yet graciously Jesus has grafted us in to be branches that are now a part of the vine. He has cleaned (or pruned) us of our sin by forgiving us through his life and death in our place.
So Jesus gives us this encouragement over and over and over: Remain in me.
As we remain a part of Christ we will remain branches attached to the vine. As we remain a part of Christ we will remain branches that produce good fruits of love. As we remain a part of Christ we will remain branches that will stay attached for all eternity!
What a blessing to be a branch attached to the vine, Jesus Christ.
So dear friends . . . Remain in him!
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, in your mercy you have adopted us into your family as living branches attached to you, the great vine. Keep us firm and steadfast in our faith that we might remain in you and bear much fruit to your glory and the glory of our heavenly Father. We pray in your name. Amen.