The Vine and Branches

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. – John 15:5
In John 15, Jesus is in the middle of one final moment of instruction to His disciples. In a couple chapters, Jesus will be betrayed and turned over to the Jewish leaders. He will then be sentenced to death on the cross. But before all that takes place, Jesus is encouraging and challenging the disciples. Jesus will die, rise again, and go back to heaven and the disciples will carry on the mission of spreading the Gospel.

In this section, Jesus tells His disciples to remain or some translations say abide in Him. He uses the picture of a vine and branches. If a branch is cut off from the vine, it dies and does not produce any fruit. However, Jesus is telling them to remain in Him and see all that God will do through them.

It is now 2017. I cannot think of a better resolution than to remain in Christ. Seek to keep Christ as the most important relationship in your life. We need to remain connected to our source of life. If we fail to stay connected we lose track of all the great promises of God. Believers often ask “what does God want for my life?”  The simple answer is in this passage- remain in Christ. Draw near to Him, deepen your relationship and then see what God will bring into your life. In Matthew 6, Jesus says “seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness”. When we are properly seeking and remaining in Christ, then we will see all the good things Christ has for us.

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