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CHRIST; OUR TRUE VINE

Sunday 29th April, 2018

Bible readings
Acts 8:26-40
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

Hymn of meditation: PH 312

True Vine of God, Jesus you are,
Make me a branch by grace.
And prune this branch, as Thou wilt Lord,
That fruitful I may be.

Song interlude

Verse 1
You are great, yes you are, Holy one,
Walked upon the sea, raised the dead
You reign in majesty, mighty God
Everything written about you is great 

Chorus

You are great/:
Everything written about you is great

 Verse 2

Mighty, mighty God, worship you today,
Give you all the praise, as we lift our hands to you,
With pleasure in our hearts, we raise our voice to say:
Everything written about you is great 

isi ike’ndu
Worship you today,
Give you all the praise, as we lift our hands to you
With pleasure in our heart, raise our voice to say:
Everything written about you is great 

Verse 3

Demons tremble at your presence,
What a mighty God we serve
Glory, glory hallelujah,
Everything written about you is great

 Chorus…/:


In the above text from John 15:1-8, Jesus refers to Himself as the True Vine; and for Him to say He is the True Vine, also implies that, there is a false vine. For Jesus to say we are the branches, it means we have been attached to the right source, attached to divine provision that is never mistaken. We need to also understand that there are various characteristics that appear to be like that of Christ’s but are not the true vine. These are outside, manifesting themselves in forms of Christ but are deceptive. They often appear on our television, radios and even come to us in our homes but they are only there to deceive us.

Jesus, the True Vine is the only one that gives us all that we need as divine provision form the Almighty God. The vine is the stem that goes deep down into the ground to draw the food and nourishment for all its attachments (the branches). This also further implies that you can never get the provision you want if you are not attached. The Father (God) cuts off any branch that does not manifest the qualities of the Vine, because we are all expected to bear fruit as we draw comfort from the stem which has made every single thing needed to bear fruit available unto us.

You have no excuse than to bear fruits. If Christ has not provided you with the required nutrients and nourishment needed for fruit-bearing, He would not have threatened to cut you off when you are not productive. The sure way you can bear fruit is by continuing to remain in Him.

Now the question is: how do you remain in Him? 1 John 4:7-21

You can never remain in Him if you do not love your brother. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”.

If you continue to go contrary to this command and continually hate your brother and neighbour, then you are preparing to fall off from the vine. Be careful to stay on the branch. If you leave the love that Jesus Christ Himself gave to us and is commanding us to share with others, then we are preparing ourselves to be cut off from the branch for how can we say we love God if we do not love the brother and sister close to us?

1 John 4:20 – “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen”.

There is fire prepared for each and everyone of us who may fall off the branch. Falling off the branch means we are waste and good for nothing; the Lord is therefore not able to use us for anything. Love is the key. How can you say you love someone whom you find walking in sin and thence, into eternal damnation and you are not able to share the love of God in the Gospel with such a person? How can you say you love someone when the person is wailing and suffering in trouble and fail to offer prayer for the person? How can you say you love somebody when you only have evil feeling and only waiting to see the person in trouble and in need only to rejoice in your heart?

Brethren, we have no excuse to bear fruits. Love is the first component in the Fruit of the Spirit. Love embodies all the other components; if you have love, you have all the rest. If you abide outside of love, none of the others come to you or manifests in you no matter how often you come to church or what you give; it does not matter; you are only good for the fire. Jesus dwells mostly on love because He gave us love Himself when we had not asked for it nor deserve it. He gave to us freely and admonished us to go and do same. Failure to do so, when the judgement comes, what answer can you give to the question: what did you do with your life on earth?

May God open our hearts to the love that He first gave  us as we repent and turn to walk in His ways. We have no answers before the Lord if we do not love our neighbours, much less even the members we sit in the same church with. We cannot answer to God if we continue to seek better lives at other places than the True Vine. May God save us from eternal damnation.

You know how you are attached to the Vine or otherwise. Perhaps you have vowed to yourself never to forgive what a sister or a brother did against you at one time or another. Begin to show the love of Christ as He has shown to you.

Closing song interlude

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

May we begin to love one another that we are not cast away.

Amen!

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