John 15:1 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

There are many lessons to be learned from Christ’s teaching on the vine. In this first verse Jesus reveals to us that the Father is the Husbandman (vinedresser). Jesus is connected to us because of His humanity. He is the vine, we are the branches. This illustration displays the Lord’s utter dependency on the Father. His entire mission was directed and empowered by the Husbandman. His miracles, His teaching, His death, and resurrection were all directed and empowered by the Father. Just as the vine in a vineyard needs the farmer’s care, wisdom, and resources; Jesus showed us His complete dependency On the Father. If that is true, we are also helpless without Him. Our prayers, our health, our preaching, our provision – everything flows out from the vine into the branches. Just as Jesus leans on the Father, our hope is totally in Christ. Here is how Andrew Murray describes a this verse.

“My Father is the Husbandman.–Christ ever lived in the spirit of what He once said: “The Son can do nothing of himself.” As dependent as a vine is on a husbandman for the place where it is to grow, for its fencing in and watering and pruning. Christ felt Himself entirely dependent on the Father every day for the wisdom and the strength to do the Father’s will. As He said in the previous chapter (14:10): “The words that I say unto you, I speak not from Myself; but the Father abiding in Me does his works.” This absolute dependence had as its blessed counterpart the most blessed confidence that He had nothing to fear: the Father could not disappoint Him. With such a Husbandman as His Father, He could enter death and the grave. He could trust God to raise Him up. All that Christ is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from the Father.”

So there are two courses we can take in this life. We can try our best to fulfill our plans and goals in our own strength and resources; or we can fall on the Lord, looking to Him as our supply in all things. Jesus said it a few verses later, if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit. The fruit is what He is after. The fruit of the vine is the glory of the farmer. Abide in Christ – you will be satisfied and God will be glorified.


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