As you read today’s passage, count how many times the words “remain in” are used. Sometimes the phrase is translated as “abide in,” as Jesus says that he is going to make his home inside of us and our spiritual home inside of God.
Jesus offers the image of a vine and its branches as a way to understand the very great closeness that Jesus wants us to have with him, the Father and the Holy Spirit. As close as are the branches to a vine, that is how close we are to be to Jesus. In fact, a whole bunch of branches IS the vine, isn’t it? All of us together in our love and trust of Jesus, make up the risen body of Jesus, the true vine.
Today, look about you and find plants that are all connected together. You might begin by simply looking at trees! As you look, think of yourself as part of the very Body of the Risen Jesus.
“Bible Breaths” – Touch to learn more…
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick