Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
What an amazing moment in scripture to reflect upon. Jesus was addressing His disciples even while Judas was meeting with the Jewish leaders in plans to have Him arrested. Still, Jesus took these last few hours to encourage His remaining disciples. What’s so great is that the same encouragement applies to us today.
Jesus is the true vine! He is not just any vine amongst many vines; He is the only true vine. That means He is our source, our connection to God, the vinedresser. What encouragement is Jesus extending to us? The same words “abide in Me and I in you” He spoke to the disciples, He is speaking to us. There is a reciprocity that must take place and through that connection, we become branches to the true vine of Jesus. As branches, we bear fruit, not just any fruit but faithful fruit that comes directly from the vine. Jesus states that remaining in Him we will bear much fruit…not barely enough or blemished fruit but exceedingly good fruit.
That fruit is in abundance because the Father prunes us so that we can hold fruit that is living versus the dead. This ought to bring us joy even as we go through the pruning season. The cutting shears may be sharp and even hurt but the result is a healthy fruit that is tasteful in the service of the Lord.
Psalm 33 calls for us to praise God for His loving kindness. How has He been kind? He spoke and it was done. God’s word accomplished creating the heavens, earth, and us. Through the faithfulness of His works we can reflect in awe and wonder about all, He has done as stated in verse eight.
As we go through life there aren’t worldly standards of might and strength that can save us. The world’s standards only give us false hope that can’t deliver what we truly need for our soul’s redemption. Victory only comes as our hearts cry out to the Lord for His loving kindness through His son Jesus Christ.
I love giving thought to this Psalm and it’s amazing attention to our soul’s care even as we go through life. Knowing that God’s eye is upon us as we hope in His loving kindness. My heart rejoices as He shields and helps me through any challenges that I may face. As you read this Psalm I pray that you get a sense of how worthy God is to be praised.
Psalm 33 (NASB)
Praise to the Creator and Preserver.
3 Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.
2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skilfully with a shout of joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place, He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving kindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, According to as we have hoped in You.
A Word For Your Soul!
Our help comes from the Lord just as the Psalmist states. The Lord, our Father never sleeps nor slumbers which means He is not taking a nap in the midst of your trying times. Don’t be fooled by what looks like a standstill in your life but take rest in the Lord’s protection over your very soul.
My hope is that the words of this Psalm will encourage you to no end.
The Lord the Keeper of Israel.
A Song of Ascents.
121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will [a]protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will [b]guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.