I am the vine, you are the branches

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The Verse of the Day for December 9, 2016 comes from John 15:5, 8 (NKJV) where we find the final metaphor used by Jesus to share a parable where he uses this comparison:

“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. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

The Amplified Bible renders the verses in this way:

John 15:5, 8:

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples

This reference relates to the parable of the vinedresser, the vine, the branches and the fruit. That is, it explained how the Twelve were to produce a spiritual harvest for God.

John 15:1-8 records how Jesus, during the evening when he was betrayed and captured, said to the eleven apostles who remained at the table with him (Judas had departed and gone to betray the Lord), that his Father was a “vinedresser” (grape farmer), or “husbandman” as some translations have it, and that he, Jesus, was “the true vine”, and that those apostles were “branches” who were attached to Jesus, the Vine. In order to be fruitful the branches must “abide” in the vine. When the branches remain intact with the vine, God is glorified as the branches bear much fruit.

The Father’s desire that the lives of His children remain fruitful and bring glory to Him matches our desire to give glory and honor to God by the way that we choose to live. As believers, our heart’s desire is expressed in these lyrics:

Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.

Let our heart and soul sing of Your goodness.

May we proclaim each day new mercies and Your faithfulness.

As we apply Your Word and consider our ways,

May we praise Your name all of our days

 

Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.

When we arise in the morning, we greet You.

With the dawning of a new day we rise up to meet You.

When we begin with praise, somehow we always find

Throughout the day You are on our mind.

Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.

The photo shows a fruitful vine from a vineyard that illustrates the parable where Jesus describes himself as “the true vine.”

The photo shows a fruitful vine from a vineyard that illustrates the parable where Jesus describes himself as “the true vine.”

Steve Green offers another musical rendition of this metaphor that Jesus Christ uses to describe himself: “I am the Vine”:

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