Eyewitness Stories: John 15:7
Message: John 15:4
NASB: John 15: 4-11; Deut 7: 8,9
In Your Bible: John 15: 4-11; Deut 7: 8,9
The words in John Chapters 14 and 15 are deep and potent. Nearly every phrase could be considered a gem to be examined by itself, starting with “abide in me”. Jesus’ teaching takes more than reading slowly. Yes, that too, but take to heart what the Master says to his disciples, “ . . . My words direct your life” (John 15:7 Eyewitness Stories).
The Vine and the Branches
Jesus compares the relationship of the vine, the vinedresser, and the branch. “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me” (John 15:4 Message).
In the Message Eugene Peterson describes this relationship between the vine, the vinedresser and the branch as an organic one—meaningful to us today and very accurate indeed.
When Jesus says abide in me, live in me, or remain in me he speaks at a level of intimacy we need to grasp. The man God/Jesus offers a life with a purpose.
Read and ponder what God want of you:
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 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. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full (John 15:4-11 NASB).
How can this be so difficult to receive? Why do we resist Jesus’ teachings? YES, let Jesus words direct your life.
Prayer: Father, your continuing appeal to my heart is received. Yes, I’ll seek to live by your words.
Questions: Why do you think it is so difficult for believers (and non-believers) to live by God’s words? What is the most difficult part of John 14 and 15 for you to live by? Why?