Jesus “The Vine”
by Pastor Bert Hitchcock
I’ve seen a lot of grape-vine wreaths! In craft shows, hobby stores, and in the homes of
“crafty” friends, there they are: branches trimmed from grape vines, woven together and
decorated – transformed from dead branches into works of art.
But as beautiful as grapevine wreaths can be, they cannot compare with the live branches of a grape vine: covered with rich green leaves and loaded with clusters of ripened grapes.
So, what is the difference? The branches used to make grape-vine wreaths have no life in
them; they are dead sticks gathered after the grape vines were pruned. But the branches
bearing grapes are alive – growing and receiving nourishment from a living vine.
Jesus said, “I am the true vine,” and then used this contrast as a metaphor to describe our
relationship to him. According to Jesus we are either connected to him and therefore
bearing fruit for the Father, or we are cut off from him, unable to bear any good and
lasting fruit, and soon to be destroyed.
We are quick to see the value of ourselves and others, based on talent, intelligence, and
training. But Jesus indicates that one thing trumps all our human assets: our connection
to Him, the True Vine. For, “without me, you can do nothing.”
John Michael Talbot wrote a song to communicate this truth: