2 May 2021

Bible Reading

Jesus Is Like a Vine

“I am the true vine; my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. And he trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must remain in the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must remain in me.

“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I remain in him, then he produces much fruit. But without me he can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, then he is like a branch that is thrown away. That branch dies. People pick up dead branches, throw them into the fire, and burn them. Remain in me and follow my teachings. If you do this, then you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers. This brings glory to my Father. I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love. I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. In the same way, if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have. I want your joy to be the fullest joy.

“This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you. The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants now. A servant does not know what his master is doing. But now I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father."

Explanation

Jesus says that he is ‘the true vine.’ His father is the vine grower, who removes fruitless branches and prunes those that are fruitful so that they might produce even more. The disciples are the branches; they are to remain part of the vine and expected to grow and bear good fruit

One of the reasons Jesus is talking about trees, branches, and fruit is because Jesus wants us to think about how we are like branches and that he is like a tree. Jesus wants us to remember that when we stay connected to him, then like branches on a tree, we are better able to receive (and then share) God’s love, healing, and forgiveness. But Jesus is also reminding us that it is possible for us to become separated from him. However, unlike a branch if ever we do become disconnected from Jesus, that does not mean we’re disconnected forever. Instead, we can and are invited to reconnect with Jesus

Things to think about

  • What does it feel like when you have planted something and you are waiting for it to grow?

  • Why do you think the passage says we should be like plants?

  • Can you think of ways you can be connected to Jesus when you are at; school, home, after school clubs or church?

Prayer

Dear God, we thank you that you are our vine and that we can always be connected to you. Help us to be like branches and to grow in love and faith. Amen.

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