Out of the Vine
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15.5 NLT).
Jesus uses a metaphor, comparing Himself to the Vine. It is no coincidence that His first documented miracle was turning water into wine at the Wedding of Cana. Wine is symbolic of Living Water mixed with earth and God mixed with Flesh, Who is Jesus. Jesus is the Living Water and He clad Himself in flesh in order to break His body like bread and pour out His blood like New Wine onto the earth. The New Wine is the New Covenant of Grace extended to a people who are incapable of keeping the Law (Old Wine). When we are connected to Jesus, we bear fruit on this earth that are ripe with Living Water. Our fruit will share the love and grace of Jesus to a world that thirsts for Him. If we are not connected to the Vine and we commit to actions that do not stem from Him, our fruit may seem plump and juicy, but they will only be filled with the dirty water of human effort. This fruit is counterfeit and will leave people thirsty for Living Water. This fruit may appear to offer sustenance, but really they have no eternal value. Jesus explains that anything apart from Him will be “nothing”—no matter how good and righteous it looks. For this reason, we must always make sure that everything we do is connected to the Vine of Christ or else we will waste time and leave a legacy of thirst.
“However strong the branch becomes, however far away it reaches round the home, out of sight of the vine, all its beauty and all its fruitfulness ever depend upon that one point of contact where it grows out of the vine. So be it with us too.” — Andrew Murray