John 15:1-2 “1 I Am the True Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit”
The foundational principles for knowing and living in the will of God as a Christian is to abide in Christ and bear fruit. Acts 17:28 reads “for in Him we live and move and have our being” a summary of John 15 in my judgment. John 15 is one of the most important chapters in all the Bible, it has wealth of treasure we will look at in the next few postings.
The opening of John 15 begins with one of the Jesus’ “I AM” statements. These statements distinguished Him from others who may have used some of these metaphors He used to describe Himself. In this “I AM” statement, He wants us to understand who He is, who we are and the connection we have to the Father through Him. Jesus is encouraging His disciples as they know His time on earth was drawing near, crucifixion and ascension were not far from this time.
John 11:43, ”When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out””
This is the familiar account of the resurrection of Lazarus, sister to Mary and Martha.
Lesson 1 – Jesus Timing is not always our Timing – “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days (v. 11).” Isn’t it puzzling to our human minds to think that upon hearing of Lazarus’ sickness, Jesus didn’t treat that news like a 911 call? No Jesus stayed where he was another two days before He left to be with Lazarus. There are times when we call upon Christ in prayer and He says not yes or no, but wait. The Palmist said, “I waited patiently for the LORD? he turned to me and heard my cry”, Psalm 40:1. It’s in the waiting on God that we learn to trust Him. We live in an society of instant gratification of minute rice, e-mail, cell phones, etc…. However God lives outside of time and therefore is not bound by it. To God all time is now. Noah’s flood and your situation are not worlds apart in light of eternity. Read the rest of this entry »