the Vine and the Branches

by ryannieman

This week’s lesson was a bit difficult to understand so I hope that you as a parent can help your child understand a little more.  In John chapter 15, The Vine and the Branches parable tells us that we are united to Jesus just like a branch is connected to a vine.  The figurative language and the concept helps to understand the bond we have with Jesus and how the Father takes care of us like a farmer would take care of his vineyard.  Like a farmer, the Father tends, and prunes the branches to either make them stronger or cut them off if we don’t remain in Him.

John 15 also tells us again to love others; bringing the total of times telling us to love each other, so far to five times.  The word also tells us that He chose us and that the Holy Spirit is coming to help us out.

These closing chapters of John are meant to strengthen and comfort us as Jesus prepares to leave His physical body.  We are also told again that we will do greater works than Him in building God’s kingdom.  And that is awesome!

 

Scripture Reading:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15: 5-8

 

Memory Verse:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“

John 15:5

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