Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Day Two: Jesus is the True Vine of Life

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1).

Yesterday we learned that Jesus Christ is in absolute and willing subjection to God the Father, and therefore that he is subject to the Father’s every whim and perfect will. What, then, is the perfect will of the Father for the Son? That he be the one true vine of life. That he be the one true source of nourishment and growth and passion and power and fruitfulness and purpose and joy. Or to borrow the language of John 14:6, that he be the only way, the only truth, and the only life. He does not lead us to this life, he himself is this life. He does not lead us to the true vine, he himself is the true vine. To have him is to have all; to reject him is to reject all.

And surely there are many who reject him in favor of false vines. Surely there are parts of us, even as believers, that forsake him and seek nourishment from false vines. We turn to the praise of others and money and career and power and prestige and television and sports figures and actors and actresses and 1,000 other things, seeking from the world, from false vines, what can only be had in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Focus: Pray that in these 40 days God the Father will be gracious to reveal to us the false vines in our lives, granting us grace to repent, and giving us passion to pursue and drink from the only true vine: Jesus Christ.

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