New Life In Christ- by Dan Muwuliza
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. (NRSV)
Jesus and his followers were walking towards the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus continued to prepare them for his departure. This might be where they saw a vineyard. During that time the vine was a symbol of Israel, but Israel had not been a true vine: she was fruitless.
The Psalmist records that “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it…” (Ps 80:8-16). In contrast to the unfaithful Israel, Jesus described Himself as the “True Vine.” The expert gardener was none other than His Father. The father’s role is to cut off every branch in Jesus that bears no fruit and a good example can be Judas who killed himself after betraying Jesus.
Samuel Ngewa affirms that the name fruit in this passage denotes the holiness in the disciples’ own lives and their continuing service to Jesus. However, the branches which remain in the vine should expect to be pruned so that they can be more fruitful. One of the ways that Father trims us is through discipline which is painful to us -- but it's worth it.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Heb 12:11, NLT). The disciples whom Jesus left were pruned in very unpleasant ways; they were mocked, imprisoned, and martyred. But in the experience of being pruned, they got even more energy to spread the gospel.
Jesus is the True Vine; we are the branches. Without being joined to him we cannot produce good fruits. In whatever we do, we should always remember that our energy to bear good fruits comes from Jesus. This passage is not just emphasizing bearing fruits, but it is about bearing fruits that will last.
Therefore, we should abide in Jesus and let Jesus abide in us so that we can bear long-lasting fruits. By bearing fruit, Christians will be glorifying God and proving their discipleship.The Christian should be prayerful, loving and living a life holiness.