I Am The Vine 




"I am the true vine, and My Father is the Vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He will take away; and every branch that bears fruit He will cleanse, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remain on the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I AM THE VINE AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING." John 15:1-5

Elucidation...

1. The grapevine changes water in its root into grapes in its fruit.
2. The Divine 'Vine' changed water into wine at Cana. John 2:1-10
3. Later the Divine 'Vine' changed wine into His Precious Blood at the last supper. Matt 26:27-28
4. Therefore, water is changed into the Blood of Christ.
5. As long as the branch is attached to the 'Vine' and bears 'fruit' it will be spiritually nourished by the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
6. A branch that bears fruit is one who believes in Jesus Christ and who keeps His Commandments.
7. What did Jesus mean when He said "Abide in Me"? The answer to that question can be found in John 6:56:
"HE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD, ABIDES IN ME AND I IN HIM."
It is the "true presence" of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, the food provided by the vine, so that eternal life is imparted into each and every branch and which allows the branches to bear fruit.


"If anyone does not abide in Me, he shall be cast outside as the branch and wither; and they shall gather them up and cast them into the fire, and they shall burn ." John 15:6

Elucidation...

1. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:53-54



"The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the staff from between His feet, until He comes to whom it belongs. To Him shall be the obedience of nations. He tethers His ass to the vine; His ass's colt to the choicest vine. He washes His garments in wine, his robe in the blood of grapes." Gen 49:10-11

Elucidation...

1. The 'Sceptre' is a prefigurement of Jesus Christ. "But of the Son, Thy Throne, O GOD, is forever and ever, and a 'Sceptre' of equity is the 'Sceptre' of thy kingdom." Heb 1:8
2. The wine and the blood are prefigurements of the Last Supper changing of wine into his Blood, and of our sins being washed away by the Blood of Christ.




Written by Bob Stanley, April 19. 1999
Updated April 18, 2004

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