When Sarah and I first bought our house, we decided to pull up all the lawn and to create a garden in the front yard so that I didn’t need to mow. I much prefer to pull out a weed or two, mulch the garden and prune the plants than mow.
We planted some ground cover plants or vines which would grow over the ugly retaining wall and stop weeds growing up. These days I need to prune the branches so they don’t grow over the path and block the entrance to our house. I also prune the plants so that the garden stays healthy.
In John 15:1 Jesus says “I AM the true vine”. In stating that he is the True Vine, Jesus is declaring himself as the fulfilment of prophecy – that he is the Messiah. Jesus is saying, “I AM the fulfilment of the covenant, the true vine. If you want to know God, join the covenant relationship with me.”
Jesus is the true vine but there are also branches. Branches are either cut away or cultivated. We are the branches. We are made alive and made clean by grace through believing the word of Jesus. Branches bear fruit when they remain connected to the vine. Fruit is the character of Christ in our lives and this grows when we remain in Jesus. The result of remaining in Christ is true joy. Everlasting life!