Heavenly Father, thank You that You are here in communion with us. Speak Lord and Your servants hear, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 15: 1-27, True Vine, 7th I AM.
VV 1-4, 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
Jesus and His disciples left the upper room and was walking to the garden of Gethsemane. “I am the true vine’’, is the 7th “I AM”. In the vine metaphor, Jesus is the true vine, the Father is the gardener, and Christians are the branches. The Father cuts off branches that are fruitless and prunes off branches that are fruitful. A living and fruitful Christian must be attached to the vine. God meticulously cares for us by cutting off branches that are fruitless and pruning off branches that are fruitful. God prunes us through scripture and suffering. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’. Psalm 119: 67, ‘’before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.’’
VV 5-8, 5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Christians attached to Jesus will be fruitful and alive. Christians not attached to Jesus will be fruitless and dead. John 15:7, ‘’If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you’’. If you remain in a relationship with Jesus, then you can ask anything you wish from Him, and it will be done for you. But if you do not remain in a relationship with Jesus, this promise will not apply. If you attach to Jesus, you will know how to pray according to His will, character, and nature. John 15:5 b, “apart from me you can do nothing”.
VV9-12, 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
The Father loved Jesus, Jesus loved us, we loved Him, and we are commanded to love one another. Greek for love is ‘’agape”, which is the highest form of unconditional love. The fruit of loving is peace, and joy.
V 13-15, 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
The greatest act of love is to die for another person. On the cross of Calvary, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, ‘’but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’’ Jesus called us His friends.
VV 16-17, 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Jesus chose us by divine predestination and election. Eph. 1: 4, ’for he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”. But the other side of the salvation coin is human decision. Both factors are equally important and necessary. Do not be carried away by the never ending Calvinist-Arminian debate.
VV 18-19, 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
The world hates the Father, Jesus, His disciples, and Christians. When you become a Christian many of your friends may leave you. In some cultures, the family may even disown and persecute a member who became a Christian.
VV 20-22, 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
The world persecutes Jesus and Christians because they did not know the Father.
VV 23-25, 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
Those who hates Jesus hates the Father. Those who had seen Jesus’ miracles and still did not believe will be guilty of sin.
VV 26-27, 26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is our Truth revealer, helper, advocate, counsellor, and teacher, John 14:26.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your word and the promise of forgiveness, fruitfulness, peace, and joy. We pray for all those who are not attached to you and pray that truth be planted into their hearts, in Jesus’ name, Amen.