Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” John 15:5-6
The picture above is of two grapevines at the Lord’s Ranch. I was driving by and noticed that one side was completely dead and the other side was green and flourishing. When I stopped and looked closely, I saw that the main vine on one side had been completely severed. Here is a picture of it here for you to see.
It was a clear parable of this scripture to me. When we cut ourselves off from Jesus (even though he never leaves us), we cannot do anything. We certainly cannot bear fruit. We end up dead, as this grapevine shows us quite clearly.
However, if we stay attached to the vine, keeping our daily prayer time with Jesus, reading his word, as well as frequenting the sacraments, then we are going to bear much fruit. This green vine in the photo will not only provide shade for people and birds, but it will bear fruit – grapes!
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8
I believe it is a clear picture for us — dead or alive, fruit or no fruit. Let us do all we can to stay attached to the vine, who is Jesus. He loves and cares for you. We cannot do it alone. We need the help of other Christians to encourage us, walk with us, and study his word with.
Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. Let us stay firmly attached to him and strong. Then we can go out and bear fruit.
Mary Ann / Mother Hen