John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.”
This is another “new” experience. An offhand idea last Sunday has stuck in my brain. What if I did a chapter verse by verse? The sermon series at church was ending with John 14 but John 15 is one of my all time favorite chapters so that’s my choice to begin.
It’s going to be interesting because right off the bat there is a very short statement by Jesus. The “vinegrower” is depending on the “true vine” to establish the vineyard. The quality of the crop is totally dependent on the ability of the true vine to multiply and reproduce itself while maintaining the exact properties it was chosen for.
I barely dipped into the vast amount of information on the internet about the development of grapevines over the ages and found something I think strengthens the imagery of Jesus’ claim. Long before the birth of Christ there are documented efforts of the struggle of vine growers to develop grapevines that were able to reproduce their desirable qualities without continually having to introduce variable characteristics from another vine.
The Bible doesn’t waste it’s analogies. Jesus could claim He was the “true vine” because He was the complete and accurate reflection of his Father who perfectly reproduces that same unique likeness within His followers.