The True Vine
Scripture Reading — Isaiah 5:1-7; John 15:1-11
The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel
Isaiah 5:7 —
Isaiahs message is wrapped in beautiful language, with figures of speech borrowed from the everyday life of his listeners. In Isaiahs parable, the vineyard represents Gods people. God gave his much loved people the best possible attention, carefully planting them in a fertile place where they could bear much fruit as an example to the surrounding nations. But the vineyard became corrupt and fruitless, eventually to be condemned and abandoned.
In the New Testament, Jesus tells us that he is the key to turning a worthless vineyard into one that yields a wonderful harvest. Jesus himself is the true vine, and his branches are the redeemed people of God. All who remain connected to Jesus bear much fruit.
Jesus emphatically asserts that he alone is the one who makes the branches fruitful. The only reason they bear fruit is because he grafts them to himself. Those that do not remain in him are like fruitless branches that wither and must be cut away and burned.
Do you experience this spiritual connection with the Lord Jesus?
Jesus empowers all who are grafted into him. He loves us, even as God the Father loves Jesus, his one and only Son. Jesus wants us all to bear fruit through self-giving love.
Father, thank you for arranging for us to be redeemed by your Son and grafted into him. Help us so that by your Word and Spirit we remain in Christ and bear much fruit. Amen.