“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” John 15:1,2 (The Message Bible)
In today’s scripture, Jesus uses the grape vine as an example to teach the ideal relationship he wants with us. It’s simple—he provides the vine and the branches.
The development of a grape vine is like this: A young, well-developed branch is about one year old (such as many of us when we were baptized.) The trunk (Jesus) is the main part of the vine located between the soil (God) and the first branches (our parents). The root system (Holy Spirit) enables the vine to absorb water and mineral salts from it. A branch growing where it doesn’t belong is called a sucker (non-believer)—a non-fruit-bearing branch and is chopped off the branch. A fruit branch is a secondary offshoot of the vine shoot, and when properly nourished, first bears flowers, then fruit, what we want for our life.
Thank you, Jesus, for being the vine and allowing us to grow from you into fruitful believers. Amen.