One of the greatest revelations of Jesus during his lifetime on the earth was that of the "I AM" statements recorded in the book of John the gospel. By claiming the "I AM" Jesus was unequivocally declaring that he was one and same with God. For when the Father first revealed Himself to Moses—"I AM" (Exodus 3:14) was the statement He would use! I AM points to the self-sustaining God! The one that cannot be questioned! Such was the power in this revelation of God that when they came to arrest Jesus in John 18:5-6 He answered and said unto them, 'I am he' - at the instance of that statement, everyone fell back on their feet! The ones that came to arrest were been "arrested" by the I am statement! Hallelujah!! Such was the power of that revelation!
Now Jesus had already said, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12); "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35); "I am the Way" (John 14:6); and "I am the Door" (John 10:9), "I am the great shepherd"(John 10:11) "I am the resurrection and the life"(John 11:25-26). Now, the night before His death, He tells them, "I am the Vine." Like the other great "I am" passages recorded in the Gospel of John, it points to His deity. Each one is a metaphor that elevates Jesus to the level of Creator, sustainer, savior, and Lord—titles that can be claimed only by God.
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing"(John 15:1-5)
This is one passage of the word that beams with so much power and truth, the message is as clear as the day: as long as we are rooted in Him we will never be uprooted in life! As long as we have our roots in Him, we will bear fruits in life! If He is our source we will always have resource! The message of the vine speaks of how our continual connection with God is important to our spiritual manifestation on the earth. We will experience productivity as long as we maintain connectivity.
The presence of God is our spiritual habitat for survival and exploits! So Jesus said, "without me, ye can do nothing". From the original translation "without me" means 'severed from me'. Whatever severs our relationship with God frustrates our destiny in life! David said, "Where will I go from your presence?" and later he made us understand the import of abiding in the presence of the Vine. He said in Psalm 16:11 'In your presence there is the fullness of Joy and at your right-hand pleasures forevermore".
When we are rooted in the fullness of the vine we are positioned for fruitfulness in life!
What is so powerful about the vine that Jesus has to use it as an illustration to depict his deity? The vine is about the most fruitful plant in ancient Israel and to a certain extent up until today. Of all plant mentioned in the Bible, the vine was the most mentioned! John Gill, the Bible expositor, wrote of Jesus and the vine.
As the vine is a fruitful tree, brings forth and bears fruit in clusters, so Christ, as man and Mediator, is full of grace and truth, of all spiritual blessings, and exceeding great and precious promises; from him come the wine of divine love, of Gospel truths and Gospel ordinances, the various blessings of grace, and the joys of heaven untold
No wonder earlier in John 1:15-16 in describing Jesus John wrote: 'and of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace'
So our fruitfulness in life is a function of our connection to His 'fullness'. When you study the vine you will come to know of its abundant fullness in been fruitful as a plant. Some of the best grapes and wines in the world come from the vine!
Jesus described us as the branch of that vine. Just like the branch of any plant in the world, disconnected from its source it cannot bear fruit! What the branch bears is, is what it receives from the plant. Outside of the plant, the branch is dead!
What does this tell us? Our concern in life should not be about bearing 'fruits' as many are wont to do today. Our major concerned should be about remaining connected with and in God! For as long as connectivity is maintained productivity is guaranteed; our connection is key to our production. Be connected to the life giver and you will bear fruits without worries for what the fruit bears is what it receives from the vine!
Be rooted and connected to God! When our lives become rooted in God we become an extension of his blessings, grace, power, and glory. That's all we need! Think about this as you go about your work today. Better still pray about it this morning, 'Lord I will abide in you. Lord I give my life and my heart to you. Take all of me. In your presence, I want to abide forever. Amen'