John 15:1 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
David and Paul both had touched the secret of the mystery of creation. Creation exists to display various aspects of the glory of God. Jesus Himself affirmed this truth when He simply declared “I am the Vine”. God’s creation is loaded with spiritual images of His glory. We see the refreshing nature and power of the wind, we see the thirst quenching quality of the river of living water, and we see the picture of the vine. All life flows from the vine into the branches and finally into the fruit. The fruit brings glory to the vine. If we are the branches then our connectivity to Him is essential. Disconnected we are worthless, connected we begin to bear the fruit of the vine. This is how God is glorified, when we bear much fruit. 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. How many eyes have gazed on and admired a great vine with its beautiful fruit? Come and gaze on the heavenly Vine till your eye turns from all else to admire Him. How many, in a sunny climate, sit and rest under the shadow of a vine? Come and be still under the shadow of the true Vine, and rest under it from the heat of the day.”
This makes my Christian life simple and supernatural at the same time. As I abide in Him through worship and prayer, His life flows into me. The result of the life of Christ flowing into us is His abundant fruit. Apart from Him our life becomes complicated and barren. Connected to Him, I become a channel for the life of God to flow into my hurting world. Abide in Christ! Lean on Him. Like John, rest on His bosom in prayer. This is where fruit is released and where God is glorified.