In Jesus’ last ‘I am’ statement in John 15:1, He calls himself the ‘True Vine’. Jesus’ figure of speech here shows the believers that they are the branches, Jesus is the vine, and the Father is the gardener. The branches that do not bear fruit, God removes. Every branch that bears fruit, God prunes. “The word translated ‘prunes’ (kathairo) literally means ‘to cleanse’, ‘to purge’, ‘to purify’. The verb was commonly used of ceremonial cleansing. It is not the normal word for pruning but is used here because Jesus was talking about people rather than vines.”1 There are only two kinds of people, those bearing fruit and those not bearing fruit. The ones that bear fruit are the ones who abide (remain/continue Friberg) in Christ, because without Christ ‘you can do nothing’.
Is there fruit (action/evidence) in your life that proves that you are connected to the True Vine: Jesus Christ?
John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
1. J. Carl Laney, Moody Gospel John Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992), 270-271.
Picture in your mind a fisherman. Who do you think of? Is it a few good ol’ boys sitting around a camp fire, frying their fish, telling fish stories, and saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this?” Is it toothless redneck named Bubba skimming across the lake in his Skeeter bass boat? What comes to mind with me is a burly man. One that has not shaved for a month. You can smell him before you see him. I can even see a scowl on his face, and when he opens his mouth, nothing but perverse filth comes out. A mouth so dirty you want to ask, “Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?” I can see this fisherman in a tavern swearing up a storm. The language and jokes get so bad that finally some truck drivers go up to him and ask, “Will you please watch you language? There are mechanics in the room.” We should not stereotype people and think that they are going to act a certain way because of their occupation or hobby. When it comes to the fisherman in the Bible it is hard for me not to do that.
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19 nasb)
When you hear the word “precious” used, it is usually spoken from a woman’s mouth talking about a baby. It does not seem right for Peter (a rough fisherman) to say the word “precious”. The word “precious” means valuable, costly, to have considerable value or worth. This valuable, costly blood of Christ is the detergent that cleanses us from our sins (Heb 9:14). We have redemption through His blood (rescued from sin, set free from the bondage of sin) (Eph. 1:7) He purchased us (paid the price) with His blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus was the perfect lamb without spot or blemish. He hung on a cross 2,000 years ago and spilt His precious blood for you. His blood can cleanse all of you sins. Have you let Jesus cleanse your sins?
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool”. (Isaiah 1:18 nasb)