The Vine and the Branches

John 15: 1-16 Jesus teaches his disciples to remain in him (the Vine) after Judas leaves

A visitor was being shown around a vineyard. There were many rows of vines. As the farmer walked him through the rows they suddenly came across a branch that had fallen from its vine. The fruit was rotten and the leaves shrivelled. It was a sorry sight. The farmer said “Yeah, unfortunately some fruit lost here, but look above you there is a lot where it came from.” Looking up the visitor saw branches above him that were heavily laden with healthy bunches of grapes that gleamed in the afternoon sun. The farmer said “Glorious isn’t it; try some.” So the visitor picked a handful and popped one in his mouth. It was sweet and wonderfully refreshing.
Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (5). Of course the opposite is also true; if we disconnect from him our fruit shrivels up and we become a dead stick. More