John 15:1 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

The Lord loves to speak to us from images and pictures from His creation, after all, their primary purpose is to display the glory of God. Today’s verse is a prime example of how Jesus taught from the world He lived in. He spoke of fishing, and farming, and in this case He spoke about the ever present vineyards in His homeland. This passage has always been special to me because of lessons I learned in my early years while I was at Bible school in the San Joaquin Valley in California. Our Bible school was surrounded for miles and miles by grape vineyards. The first week after I arrived at school I worked for the farmer across from the school harvesting grapes. These vines served as a constant word from the Lord as I would turn time and again to John 15. I was learning the first and most vital lesson of my spiritual journey; intimacy and total dependency on the Lord. Here is how Andrew Murray describes this verse.

“All earthly things are the shadows of heavenly realities–the expression, in created, visible forms, of the invisible glory of God. The Life and the Truth are in Heaven; on earth we have figures and shadows of the heavenly truths. When Jesus says: “I am the true Vine,” He tells us that all the vines of earth are pictures and emblems of Himself. He is the divine “reality, of which they are the created expression. They all point to Him, and preach Him, and reveal Him. If you would know Jesus, study the vine. The vine is the living Lord, who Himself speaks, and gives, and works all that He has for us. If you would know the meaning and power of that word, do not think to find it by thought or study; these may help to show you what you must get from Him to awaken desire and hope and prayer, but they cannot show you the Vine. Jesus alone can reveal Himself. He gives His Holy Spirit to open the eyes to gaze upon Himself, to open the heart to receive Himself. He must Himself speak the word to you and me.”

There is life and nourishment flowing through the vine. Acknowledge your connection to the Lord and drink in His nourishment. If you abide in Him and He abides in you, you will bear much fruit.

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