March 14, 2024

John 15: 1-8

Jesus Teaches About The Vine And The Branches, Part 1

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Jesus used the word remain seven times in the course of these passages.  Jesus really emphasized how important it is to stay in him to bear fruit.  Without Jesus I cannot bear fruit.  I also, learned that God will prune me to increase my fruit.  God does not want fruitless trees in his garden.


Remaining in Christ means

1)Believing that He is God’s son. (1 John 4:15),

2)Receiving Him as Savior and Lord. ( John 1:12),

3)Doing what God says. (1 John 3:24)

4)Continuing to believe the gospel. (1 John 2:24)

5)Relating in love to the community of believers, Christ body.  John 15:12


Lord, I thank you for this word today.  I pray that you help me to remain in you and not be pulled away by the distractions of life.  Help me to REMAIN in you Lord so that I may bear much fruit.  Thank you, Jesus.  Amen.