Offering himself as the vine, Jesus reveals that he is the strong, enduring, and courage-granting root that nourishes and nurtures us—we who are the branches and the leaves. Against the backdrop of his Ascension, we will consider the meaning of Jesus’ words, “I am the true vine,” (John 15:1-11) as our worship series, Images of the Risen Christ, concludes. Our worship experience will also include the celebration of Holy Communion.
John 15:1-11 (NRSV)
1I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 1 1I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.