NEED TO CONNECT JOHN 15:1-11 Logan Hensley
April 11, 2010
Lets look at
pictures, think about what all these pictures have in common?
Ok what did
pictures have in common? The answer is that they all need each
other to fulfill
Lets turn to
and we will see another example that Jesus uses to show how there is a
two things to come together!
and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch
Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears
He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You
are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide
in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless
in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are
the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit,
from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide
in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather
cast them into the fire and they are burned. If
you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and
be done for you. My Father is
glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My
as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My
you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have
Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I
have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may
most powerful parables
Jesus uses. But in order for us to fully understand it we need to break
to understand is the
of The Vine.
Verse 1: "I
am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch
Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears
He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”
True Vine. We
also see that Jesus shows us that Father is the Vinedresser, or
the Vine. The caretaker plants the vine and then takes care of it. The
doesn’t do what it wants, it does what it was planted to do.
Jesus says,"My food is to do the will of
Him who sent Me and to
accomplish His work.” Jesus is all about doing the Will of The
love for us, Planted his
Son on Earth to be a sacrifice for our Sins. By Jesus’ Death and
we may have life and only have it by Him. If we choose to accept Jesus,
faithful to engraft us in the True Vine of Life. The purpose of the
Vine is to
1, “I am the True
this is the last of the 7 “I
am” statements that Jesus says.
Him and only Him.
There are no substitutes to the vine, Only Jesus. He is the True Vine.
supplier of everything the
branches need. The Vine supplies all the nourishment to make the
fat and strong. The Vine is also the foundation, the unmovable center
the branches can cling to. It supplies
life, then supplies everything to sustain it. But
try to find our needs met
elsewhere. When we try to find our needs met in the world, we
realize that the world can’t sustain us. The world continues to try to
a life giving vine, but what it really is, is a invasive weed that
take you over our lives and lead us to death. For the Father is the
of the Jesus, the True Vine, And Satan is the caretaker of the weed
of our needs! Are you
experiencing that? Are you letting Jesus fulfill you?
fulfilled unless it
has branches. This Union
resembles two things that need each other to
fulfill what they are made for. The Vine can’t bear fruit without
the branches cannot bear fruit without being connected to the vine.
Vine, it can now
help us understand The
The first and
important purpose of the branch is to be connected to the Vine.
Verses 4 and
5, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch
bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you
you abide in Me. 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”
we are the branches. In
verse 4 we read that we need to abide in Him. what does it mean to
verse 4 the word abide means to remain, to be continually connected, a
ending process. Furthermore abide means to keep in fellowship with
that His life can work in and through us to produce fruit. This takes
the word of God and confession of Sin so nothing is hindering your
with God. The need for us to abide in Christ is great. Jesus says in
that a part from him we can do nothing. The branches are weak and
are nothing without the vine. And we just like those branches We are
are broken, and we are nothing without Jesus.
nothing back for itself. Jesus is the only way we will be nourished and
sustained for life. He holds nothing back to those who are connected to
deep need for Jesus. When
we understand that we are just branches, the better we will relate to
for we will know our own weaknesses and confess our need for His
saw a movie, and it was about a
young boy who had cancer. And this boy wrote letters to God, and these
were his prayers. Through writing these letters the boy had peace about
sickness and showed joy through it all. This sickness that the boy had,
toll on the family. The hurt that they were experiencing was
thought to myself how could you go through something like this and have
I came back to the realization that the only way to survive, to go
pain of this life, is to abide in Christ, Just as that boy did.
the winds and storms
of life are going to come and try to separate us from the True Vine. On
we will be blown away. That’s why you need to cling so much more to
Jesus, to be
connected to him. Abide.
to abide in Christ?
have someone come up and
tell what steps they’ve taken to abide in Christ.
connecting with God be
reading the bible! Your own personal devotions are going to be the
behind you abiding in Christ, which is going to allow you to know His
commandments. Another thing is just surrendering all your life to the
Letting Jesus fill every part of you!
will survive is if all
of the life giving nutrients that the vine has, gets to every part of
branch! This is the same to our relationship with Christ. The only way
experience the life that is in Jesus Christ, is if we continually give
of us to fill.
that you’re abiding in
good signs of a life
abiding in Christ. There isn’t a special feeling but there are
are clear and unmistakable.
2 we read, “every
that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit”
and also in
Verse 5 it says, “he who abides in Me
and I in him, he bears much fruit”
is that when we abide in
Christ we produce Fruit.
read that, “The father
so we will bear more fruit." So another evidence is that we
Fathers Pruning in our life.
“God, I want to be
affective for you, I want to bear fruit, Help me do that.” We
pray that without
wanting to accept the pruning process.
“If you abide in
Me, and My
words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
As our prayers reflect our hearts desire For God and Gods will we will
experience answered prayer.
"Just as the Father has loved
have also loved you; abide in My love.” also later in Verses 12
and 13 we read "This is My
commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
abide in Christ another evidence is a deepening
in this passage is in
Verse 11, “These things I have
spoken to you so that My joy may be in
you, and that your joy may be made full.”As you continue to
abide in Christ you
will be full of Joy.
purpose of the Branch. It
fruit on its own, it
uses branches to bear the fruit. This is the same for us. Jesus, The
all powerful could do all fruit bearing on His own, but by His love for
choses to depend on us as his branches to bear fruit.
“My Father is
this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” In
about His 12 disciples but this metaphor
all believers down through the generations. The Father is Glorified
can we bear fruit?
grow in Holiness and
obedience. Romans 6:22: "But now having been freed from sin and
enslaved to God, you derive
your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal
experience the fruit of sanctification as we grow in Holiness and
giving as fruit of a dedicated life
abiding in Christ. “Therefore, When I have finished this,
and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of
you to Spain” referring
to the financial gift given for the JerusalemChurch.
is a kind of Christian character that glorifies God
makes Christ real to others.
winning others to Christ.
28:19 to Go Make disciples of all Nations. God
to use us to spread this Name through out the world. It’s not that God
it on his own, its that he chooses to be dependent on us to that work
proclaiming his name.
to bear fruit, and much fruit. We are the branches it’s
purpose to bear fruit.
that don’t bear fruit.
that doesn’t bear fruit he takes away.And
Verse 6 says, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is
away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into
fire and they are burned.”
fruit, we are not abiding.
This is not saying that the believer will lose salvation, But Just as
unfruitful branch is useless, so an unfruitful believer is useless.
keep to ourselves the very gift we don’t deserve
very gift we are called to give to others.
duty, it’s a privilege. The amount of Joy you will
experience in sharing the Gospel and closeness to God youll experience
beyond what we can imagine.
up and share what they’ve experienced as they steped
out to share the Gospel.
opportunity to have been a part of God using me
win people to Himself. Every time I have experienced someone
coming to know the
Lord, I am humbled and blown away. Being a part of something so
far beyond me
is amazing. I experience so much Joy and closeness from those
I weep at the opportunity God gives us. All it takes is for us to
branch come together to bear fruit. We must understand
all about God and
giving Him Glory. But producing fruit takes time and cultivation, and a
crop doesn’t happen overnight. So as are abiding and bearing fruit, the
is for his Glory. For we must remember that the branches do not eat the
We are not producing fruit to
please ourselves but to serve others. The Branches bear fruit, which
the excellence of the Vine. The fruit we bear is too give The Father
and to show the wonders of His Son.
God’s word, prayer, sacrifice and service, and as we experience these
experience the fullness of Joy.
deepest need, and as we
let Jesus fill us with all the nutrients that we need, we evermore need
down to him, and give thanks that in Him we have life.