John 15:5 (NKJ) “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.
I made the following statement about John 15:5 in a blog yesterday, I want to break it down and reveal why I think this passage says all that.
“I love this verse. It’s a true example of the power of simplicity. It literally reveals the complexities of our relationship with God through Christ. It speaks against religious ideology. It reveals to us the path to spiritual maturity, and exposes our pride and teaches us humility.”
1. Jesus is a master of revealing powerful, life altering principles and teachings in the simplest of ways. Which suggest to us that if we are to be good teachers or witnesses or Christians it would behoove us not to try to make the simple complicated but to make the complicated simple. After all we are trying to help and minister to people, not impress them by our intellect.
2. It reveals the complexities of our relationship with God through Christ. Jesus in this passage describes our relationship. He is the vine, we are the branches, the Father is the keeper of the vineyard. Although this is a simple analogy it makes plane the idea that this connection we have is not about following the rigors of religion, but we, through relationship with Jesus are interwoven interpersonally to God. We draw from Jesus not as our resource but as our very source. As we know Him intimately and He is at the center of our lives, we are extensions of Him and He is the Lord of our lives and existence.
3. It speaks against religious ideology in that it reveals the relationship between us and Jesus as organic, intimate, and interconnected. We are not disconnected branches trying to earn our way to connectedness but rather Jesus has born us through His grace and love and reconciled us to a relationship with the Father, by interpersonal relationship not laws and litigation.
4. it Reveals to us the path of Spiritual maturity. He says it all when He states, “He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” We grow and mature spiritually in a very natural way, through immersing ourselves relationally in Jesus, His word and by His Holy Spirit. As we live, and move and have our being in Him, we bear fruit. So many are trying to attach fruit to their lives, but fruit is born, not disciplined, not worked out, not earned. It is born. If the branches are truly connected to the vine, and the vine is truly the source of the branches then by very nature of that connection and process the fruit will arrive in its season. Yes the keeper of the vineyard, is faithful to prune back the branches to make way for more fruit, to correct wayward limbs and to shape the branches for the greatest possibility of fruitfulness, but the growth comes from the branches knowing the vine, in a very real way.
5. He exposes our pride and teaches us humility when He says, “without me you can do nothing.” This statement is not exlamitory its just fact. He is not angry in this statement as if to force His lordship on us, but merely stating a fact. He is saying unequivicly, I am not a method of success for you, I am not a genie in a bottle, I am not a superstition, I am not a resource, I am not a law. I am your source. I am where your life comes from. I am the beginning and end to you, your life and everything that exists around you. If you are to bear fruit, if you are to become your potential. If you are to know God, and have eternal life, and live out your purpose on the earth, it will only be in your connectedness to me. If the branch is not conencted to the vine, there is no life in the branch therefore no fruit. NOTHING. This implies that sometimes the branch begins to think it is its own source which is an exposition on our pride, and it reveals no matter what the branch thinks it doesn’t change the facts, this teaches us humility.
It is amazing how the scripture can so much in just a few words and a very simple way. I love Jesus, and without HIm I am nothing.
What are your thoughts?