24 Dec Let’s Look at Nature
Does JESUS still come today? Let’s take a look at Nature
In John 15:5 we read: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in ME and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from ME you can do nothing.”
You may be thinking that talking about fruit is an interesting way to answer the question of whether or not JESUS still comes to us today. But I challenge you to think with me for a few minutes today about what JESUS is saying in this chapter of the book of John. All true nourishment comes from JESUS. HE is the vine we as HIS followers draw life from HIM as HE gives us what we need for life. When I branch out on my own (pun intended) I am less successful and eventually falter, fail, wither, and die. I need to be tied into the vine the source of life to face not only storms but also the simple daily challenges of life. For a while I can appear to be OK. I can put on an act or face and seem like I am doing well. People who I do not allow to get close to me will think that I am sailing along smoothly in life. The reality, however, is much different I am just a bunch of fruitless leaves that provide some passing shade but no substance or sustenance to others around me.
I must remain in HIM and allow HIS life to flow though my own in order to not only have fruit but even to survive this life. JESUS’ sustaining comes in ways that I do not often readily see if I am not drinking deeply from HIS word and even then it may not be easy to see HIS hand at work. Yet HE remains faithful. Help me to realize that it is only as I remain attached to JESUS the vine that I get the nourishment I need and HE gets the glory that HE deserves. JESUS is the key to fruitfulness in my life and is the apex of all of life.
So how do these truths help us answer the question does JESUS still come today? First if we have any fruit in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control; it comes from HIM. I am not saying that you have all of these all of the time, (though if you are a follower you do), but that if you see any of these evident in your life you know that HE has come to you. Second, HE enables us to live each day as HE gives us the gift of life and sustains us throughout each day just as a vine gives life to the branches that are connected to it. That is to say, if you are alive HE has come to you. Finally, it is HIS coming to us that allows us to accomplish even the little victories that we all experience in life. For apart from HIM you can do nothing. HE is at the center of our lives and it is, as we remain in HIM that we have life.
If you have kids: Buy some grapes and eat them together at dinner this evening. Talk with them about the wonders of nature and how that the only way that this cluster of grapes grew from flowers into delicious fruit was by remaining attached to the vine where it received nourishment.