The word “Christian” means different things to different people… if we get our information from the biblical material, there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life. — Eugene Peterson
Grapes and grapevines were important back in Jesus’ day—very important. They were a vital source of nourishment and nutrients. Symbolically, grapes and grapevines also represented provision, abundance, and life itself.
One day Jesus and His disciples were walking past the temple, a magnificent structure decorated with grapes and vines. As they gazed up at the incredible building, Jesus made an amazing claim:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1)
Anyone overhearing this claim would have been shocked by Jesus’ apparent arrogance. Who does this guy think He is?! Thankfully, Jesus didn’t leave people hanging in confusion. Like a school teacher to His students, Jesus carefully explained it as a picture of our identity as believers:
· Jesus is the vine
· The Father is the gardener
· We are the branches
Could this picture help us live the fruitful life described in Scripture? Is it possible that Jesus is showing us a fresh, empowering, new paradigm for life as we learn to live out our identity in Him?
“I am the true vine.”
At least one thing is perfectly clear from these five words: Jesus is claiming to be someone essential, irreplaceable, and life-giving. He uses the grapevine as a powerful metaphor to describe who He is… “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Are you experiencing Christ that way today?
Holy Spirit, I want to see Jesus for who He is—the true Vine. Let this truth make its way to my heart, that I might feel its full emotional, spiritual, and personal impact. Let my life be a clear reflection of who I am in Jesus, and who Jesus is in me. Amen!