I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. John 15:1-9

The account of John about the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ is noteworthy. It is of a great interest because it was an account of someone that was closely knitted to our Lord Jesus Christ. John was one of the three among the apostles (Peter, James and John) that were always with our Lord Jesus Christ. During His transfiguration, John was there (Mark 9:2) and during His agonizing prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, John was there with him (Mark 14:33) John was described as John the Beloved, and his love to always be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ made him to pay more detail attention to the word of wisdom that proceeded out of the mouth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In one of the numerous volume of His word of wisdom came the topic we are looking into this morning.

The Vine and its Branches is a perfect illustration of the relationship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Church. Jesus Christ is the Vine and the Church is His branches.

CHRIST: THE TRUE VINE—John 15:1

It is interesting that Jesus Christ described Himself as the ‘True’ Vine’. About 700 years before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Prophet Isaiah declared, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-8)

In this statement, Our Lord Jesus Christ gave glory to God because He said, My Father is the Husbandman. From the point of view of a farmer, the husbandman is the Vine-Dresser. He cultivated the vine, till the ground around the vine, fertilize the soil round about the vine, weed the tares that grew around the vine so that the vine can grow very well and ensure that there is water and adequate sunlight around the vine to grow well. With this statement, our Lord Jesus Christ was alluding to the fact that it His Heavenly Father that is keeping and nurturing the vine. This is suggesting His absolute dependency on Heavenly Father for power to excel in His ministry on earth.

This statement is pointing us to an important facts in the scripture. At the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God from heaven descended and lighted on Him and a voice confirmed and introduced Him from above before all mankind saying, “This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) At transfiguration, the same voice from the cloud above, confirmed Him and commanded mankind saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:5)

He revealed Himself to the disciples in the John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” In John 10:30, He told the disciples, “I and my Father are one.” Finally in 1 John 5:20, the scripture revealed to us that Jesus Christ is the true God. “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

CHRISTIANS AS THE FRUITFUL BRANCHES—John 15:2-5

Still on the allegory of the Vine and the Branches. The major function and expectation of the branch of the vine is to bear fruit. When a farmer planted a seed, he expect the seed to grow and bear fruit. Fruitfulness is the evidence of accomplishment of the efforts of the farmer. Fruitfulness gladdens the heart of the farmer. That is why the farmer are so committed to the various activities in the farm to ensure that vine bear fruit.

We leave the allegory so that we can discuss how the word of Our Lord Jesus Christ in this passage is applicable to us. Christians are the branches. To whom much is given much is required. Jesus Christ did not die for the animals, He came to this world to die for mankind. His precious blood redeemed us. “And Jesus answered them, saying, the hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:23-24)

The believers were purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ in order to become joint heir with Christ. Believers are the fruit of the glorious sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The Lord recognized us as His sons and daughters and grace was extended unto us to call Him Abba Father. From the beginning, the promises of fruitfulness is in the word of God. Genesis 1:27-28 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:” The Lord had endowed us with divine ability to bear fruit. The anointing and power to succeed spiritually is also available to us through the power of God.

Fruits—Fruit of evangelism,

  • fruit of righteousness,
  • fruit of holiness,
  • fruit of peace,
  • fruit of integrity and reliability,
  • fruit of obedience and compliance to the commandment and laws of God,
  • fruit of love,
  • fruit of tolerance, fruit of intercession and fruit of fellowship within and without the household of faith,
  • fruit of contentment.

All these precious fruit are summarized in Galatians 5: 22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The secret of fruitfulness is in the abiding in the Lord. “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” The question now is, How should we abide in Christ in order to bear fruit?

  • Abide in the word of God. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8) “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • Faithful commitment in the vineyard of God—with all our heart, in our sincere service unto the Lord and with our resources. “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
  • Living up to the expectation of our Christians profession—Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:5) “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

CONSEQUENCES OF DETACHMENT FROM CHRIST—John 15:6-9

Still on the fruitfulness expected of all believers. This function is so important to the Creator that failure to bear the expected fruit is not acceptable at all for the children of God. It is not only unacceptable, there is judgment attached to the failure to bear fruit. The judgment is so severe, because the supply from the vine will be cut off from the branch and the branch will dry off.

Although Judas Iscariot was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ but no one can point to his fruit, because he dried off when he failed to abide with Jesus Christ His Master. He preferred the love of money to blessed and glorious relationship with Christ. We will not end our Christian journey fruitless like Judas Iscariot in Jesus name, Amen.

Although Demas was a co-worker with Paul the Apostle, but no one can point to the fruit of Demas. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:10) He branched off from the narrow way and got lost in the broadway of worldliness. We will not follow the worldliness of this world like Demas, in Jesus name, Amen.

The Prodigal Son also detached himself from his father and strayed away but he did not lost in the world. How? He did something unusual. “But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (Luke 15:17-21)

I want to appeal to you today to please look inward and examine your Christian life. If you find yourself like a Prodigal Son who detached himself from his father. Or on the other hand, if you are a lukewarm Christian who is not committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and you are just making numbers in the church, please understand today that the mercy of God is available unto you. Come back fully unto Him today in repentance and connected back unto Him so that as a branch you can bear fruit. He will receive you with an opened arms. He will fulfill you and makes you fruitful.


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