Lifeline, 2/28/2018

Lifeline 2018 02 28

Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus makes seven “I Am” statements to His disciples.

  1. I am the Bread of Life (John 6:48)
  2. I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
  3. I am the Door (John 10:9)
  4. I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
  5. I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
  6. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)
  7. I am the True Vine (John 15:1).
This final “I Am” declaration follows His announcement to His disciples that He will soon be leaving them (going to prepare a place for them, John 14:2-3).
 
In this revelation of Himself as the True Vine (John 15:1-11), He tells His disciples that they must “abide” in Him. Branches cannot bear fruit unless they abide in the vine, neither can we bear fruit (Christlikeness, Galatians 5:22-23) unless we abide in Jesus. When we abide in him...
  • Our prayers are more effective because He causes our desires to reflect His desires (v.7).
  • We glorify the Father through our fruitbearing (v.8). 
  • We demonstrate that we are His disciples (vv.8-10).
  • His joy abides in us and our joy is made full (v.11).
There are many things that compete for our time and affections, may I humbly suggest that everything else that we do is affected by how we do this one thing, abiding in Jesus. We must learn to be more dependent upon Him, not more independent from Him. Take time today, and every day, to spend time with Jesus in His Word and in prayer.
 
Abiding,
Pastor Jeff