This is the first of three posts pertaining to my art class in which we talk about The Vine, The Branch, and The Fruit.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5 KJV)
Jesus is the vine that produces life within us. I don’t know much about gardening let alone vineyards. But I do know you can take a healthy branch and graft it into a healthy vine. The branch adheres to the vine, grows, and produces fruit through the life-giving nutrients within the vine. The branch in and of itself withers and dies fruitless. If it rejects the vine’s nourishment, it withers and dies. Therefore, the fruitfulness of the branch depends on its connection to the vine. Through the process of grafting, farmers develop hybrid fruits and vegetables. One example of this is the tomato we use today. I didn’t know a couple hundred years ago tomatoes grew in clusters much like grapes. But through grafting, farmers developed the much larger single fruit that we now enjoy.
Similarly, Jesus has taken the unrighteous—you and me—and grafted us into Himself. He supplies us with spiritual nourishment and expects us to bear fruit. If we reject Him even though our fruit appears good to the human eye, it is rotten to the core and useless to the Husbandman (the Father, John 15:1). Only through our connection with Jesus will our fruit please the Father and serve His purposes.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks