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Remain and abide in His love

July 14, 2017

The Verse of the Day for July 14, 2017 brings to mind the expression “Follow the leader,” as Jesus Christ speaks to his followers:

John 15:10:

If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.

This particular verse is part of a familiar passage that unfolds a striking metaphor used by Jesus Christ to help his followers understand more fully who he is and how he relates to God, his Father, using this comparison:
His Father is the “vine-dresser” (grape farmer), or “husbandman”, as some translations have it, and that he, Jesus, is “the true vine”, and those apostles are “branches” who are 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, producing a spiritual harvest for God. Jesus Christ ends the comparison on a “love note” in verses 9-12:

9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you].

10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.

11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.

12 “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.

The following photo shows a fruitful vine from a vineyard that illustrates the parable where Jesus describes himself as “the true vine.” Just as the Lord remains or abides in the love of God, so we who follow his example should demonstrate our love to one another and continually abide in His love.

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

Esther Mui has composed a tender musical rendering of John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me” (Esther Mui) Christian Scripture Praise Worship w Lyrics:

Following and leading

July 14, 2016

John 15--10

From John 15:10 (AMP) comes the Verse of the Day for July 14, 2016:

If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.

Jesus Christ provides the perfect example of obedience and love that we should follow. In other places in the Gospels, the Lord also speaks of the importance of following:

Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

One of the metaphors used by Jesus Christ is that of being the Good Shepherd, as John 10:27 reveals this truth:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Paul also encourages believers to follow him, just as he follows Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 11:1:

Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.

1 John 2:3-6 (NLT) also speaks of the keeping the commandments as a demonstration of love, as we walk in love, just as Christ walked in love:

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 Peter 2:21 (NLT) emphasizes the necessity of following Christ’s example:

For God called you to do good, even if it means sufferingjust as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day and other verses related to “following,” a number of songs associated with “leading” and “following” come to mind. I recall two children’s ministry songs that were sung as a medley:

The Lord knows the way to the wilderness,

All I need to do is follow.

 

The Lord knows the way to the wilderness,

All I need to do is follow.

 

These lyrics were followed by this chorus:

Following Jesus, ever day by day,

Nothing can harm me since He knows the way.

Sunshine or shadow, whatever befall.

Jesus, my Savior, is my all and all.

Growing up in the church, I recall lyrics to a number of “vintage hymns” related to leading and following, but one in particular stands out: “He leadeth Me” by Joseph Gilmore:

Psalmsandhymns.org reveals the circumstances behind Gilmore’s writing of this beloved song:

As a young man I recently had been graduated from Brown University and Newton Theological Institution, I was supplying for a couple of Sundays the pulpit of the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia. At the mid-week service, on the 26th of March 1862, I set out to give the people an exposition of the Twenty-third Psalm, which I had given before on three or four occasions, but this time I did not get further than the words “He leadeth me.” Those words took hold of me as they had never done before, and I saw them in a significance and wondrous beauty of which I had never dreamed.

It was the darkest hour of the Civil War, I did not refer to that fact – that is, I don’t think I did – but it may subconsciously have led me to realize that God’s leadership is the one significant fact in human experience, that it makes no difference how we are led, or whither we are lead, so long as we are sure God is leading us.

At the close of the meeting a few of us in the parlor of my host, good Deacon Wattson, kept on talking about the thought which I had emphasized; and then and there, on a blank page of the brief from which I had intended to speak, I penciled the hymn, talking and writing at the same time, then handed it to my wife and thought no more about it. She sent it to The Watchman and Reflector, a paper published in Boston, where it was sprinted. I did not know until 1865 that my hymn had been set to music by William B. Bradbury. I went to Rochester to preach as a candidate before the Second Baptist Church. Going into their chapel on arrival in the city, I picked up a hymnal to see what they were singing, and opened it at my own hymn, “He Leadeth Me.”

William Bradbury added the last two lines of the chorus, “His faithful foll’wer I would be, for by His hand he leadeth me” as he put it to music.

Candi Pearson offers this classic rendering of this great hymn of the Christian Church:

 

Vine and branches: abiding in love

July 14, 2014

John-15-5-I-Am-The-Vine

Found in John 15:10, the Verse of the Day for July 14, 2014 speaks of abiding or remaining in God’s love:

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

The verse is part of a passage that relates to one of the seven metaphors used by Jesus Christ to help his followers understand who he is and who he is called to be:

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. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:5, 8 KJV)

This particular metaphor used by Jesus connects to a parable where he uses this comparison: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

This reference relates to the parable of the vine-dresser, 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 “vine-dresser” (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.

Jesus Christ concludes with this reference to abiding in God’s love:

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Fifteen years ago I recall spending some time praying in the newly painted prayer room at our church. On the wall was a beautiful poster of an enlargement of part of a vineyard with John 15:5 printed at the bottom of the 24 x 36 framed wall hanging. As I sat there and read the scripture, I was inspired to compose a scripture memory song with a melody that flowed freely:

“I am the vine, you are the branches.

“I am the vine, you are the branches.

“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.

Without me you can do nothing.

Without me you can do nothing.

I am the true vine; you are the branches.

I am the true vine; you are the branches

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

Grapes

John Michael Talbot has composed a musical rendering of this passage performed here by Jon Mulkey: