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Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

Coffee Time with Jesus

  • Jesus: The True Vine
    I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
    John 15:1
    Jesus is the True Vine. In the Old Testament, Israel was called God’s vine, but the nation was an unfaithful vine (Isaiah 5:1-7). In contrast, Jesus is the True Vine. Israel was disobedient to the Father, but Jesus was true to the Father’s mission for Him. Jesus was truthful in character and speech. On the night before He was arrested, He said, “I am the true vine” (John 15:1). Just as a vine gives life and energy through its fruit, so Jesus gives eternal life to those who believe Him. Just as a vine gives satisfying drink, so Jesus gives joy and contentment to those who follow Him. Just as a vine gives shade to the weary traveler, so Jesus gives shelter from the burning sun of opposition and trouble. What do you need from Jesus?
    Lord Jesus, You are true. You have kept every promise concerning forgiveness, eternal life, happiness and protection. You are the True Vine who keeps Your word.
    Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5). Looking at a vine, you can’t tell which is the original stem and which is a branch. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “You in Me, and I in you” (John 14:20). We must stay connected to Him because “the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine” (John 15:4).
    Lord Jesus, You are the Vine; let Your energy flow through me. You are the Source of Life; let Your fruitfulness grow through me. You are the Vine; I am the branches. Amen.
    Go Deeper: Isaiah 5:1-7; John 15:1-7
    You must be attached to the Vine to get life and fruit.