Scripture to Memorize: John 15:1
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Day 1 Read: John 15:1
Reflect: What imagery does Jesus use to describe Himself and the Father?
Consider: This is the last of the seven great “I am” statements in John. Israel was God’s choice vine on which he lavished care and attention. He longed for fruit, but the vine (Israel) became degenerate and produced rotten fruit. Therefore Jesus, as “the true Vine,” fulfills what God had intended for Israel. The Father is the Gardener who cultivates and protects the Vine.1
Respond: From your life experience, in what seasons do you find yourself more conscious of abiding in Christ? Why? What can you do to more closely and consistently abide in Christ, even this week?
The remainder of the week will be exploring the historical use of the imagery of the vine found throughout the Old Testament.
1 Edwin A. Blum, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 325.