Jesus Is the vine
Verse 1 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Verse 2 – “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Christ is our life-line, just as roots need nourishment to survive, we need Christ to survive this life and the next.Vines have to be pruned of dead wood, just as Christians have to be pruned of dead things in their lives.
Verse 3 – “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
There are two kinds of pruning: separating and cutting back branches. When we as Christians are pruned it will involve correction or discipline. This will strengthen our character and faith.
Verse 4 – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
We must continue to exercise faith and love toward Christ, cleaving to Him with full purpose of heart.
Verse 5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Fruit is not limited to soul winning. Many people try to be good, but Jesus says the only way to live a truly good life is to stay connected to Him. Apart from Christ our efforts are unfruitful.
Verse 6 – “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Jesus knows the pretenders, those who claim they are His, but their lifestyle is contrary to His word. They don’t abide in Him, so they will be cast into divine judgment and burned.
Verse 7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
That is so plain. When we hold fast to the truths of the Gospel, putting our faith and trust in Jesus alone, there is a privilege that we will enjoy. That being: whatever is for the glory of God, for spiritual profit and edification, and whatever is agreeable to the words and doctrines of Christ – His will. Every thing of this kind we ask in faith, and with a submission to the divine will, they may expect to receive.
Verse 8 – “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
God is glorified when people come into a right relationship with Him and begin to bear much fruit in their lives.
Verse 9 – “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
Verse 10 – “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Verse 11 – “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Our circumstances should not change the mood of a Christian. We have no excuse to be moody or temperamental every other day. This joy that should be in every Christian is not temporary joy. It’s a joy that comes from knowing no matter what the circumstance is, Jesus is with us and will work everything out for our good.
If you are one of those Christians whose mood swings dictates how you treat others, “Grow up!” This world does not evolve around you and your problems. If God’s got this, then act like it.
The Relationship of Believers to Each Other
Verse 12 – “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
We need to think long and hard how we treat other believes, not to mention how we treat those who are lost, because they are watching.
Verse 13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Verse 14 – “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
Obedience to Christ’ teachings will take you a lot further than disobedience will.
Verse 15 – “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Verse 16 – “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Jesus connected bearing fruit to receiving what we ask in prayer in His name. We often say, “I found Jesus,” but Jesus says plainly that He chose us. Yes, we make that choice to receive Him or not, but His calling is present through the beckoning of the Holy Spirit.
Verse 17 – “These things I command you, that you love one another.
Verse 18 – “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Verse 19 – “If you were of the world, the world love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
People of the world also will mock, ridicule, and despise, followers of Christ, but they also did the same to Him.
Verse 20 – “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
Verse 21 – “But all these things they will do to you for My sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Persecution should not come from other Christians, but sometimes it does, and when it does come from other Christians, consider the source. Are they just talking the talk, but not walking the walk?
Verse 22 – “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
The ignorance of the Jews is represented as inexcusable, since Christ had come, and had preached to them. If He had not come and told them He was the Messiah, they might have had an excuse for their ignorance. Same thing goes for all those who reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will be without excuse for their sin.
Verse 23 – “He who hates Me hate My Father also.
Verse 24 – “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.
Verse 25 – “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (Psalm 69:4)
Verse 26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
Verse 27 – “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
These disciples had been with Jesus since the beginning of His public ministry, and what better witnesses could Jesus have. What has Christ done in your life? Do you share that with those who don’t know Him as Savior? What is in our heart, will come out of our mouth. As a witness for Christ, it could mean a life-changing event for someone else when spoken.