Always The Same
"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned." - John 15:5-6 NASB You've heard that God is the same "yesterday, today and forever" (Heb. 13:8) and this is true! Today's passage coupled with what we read yesterday in Psalm 80 illustrates this fact perfectly. The psalmist wrote that Israel was like a vine transplanted from Egypt to God's chosen place. Surrounding this imagery is the call for Israel to abide in that vine and also a corrective measure for when they depart from it. Likewise in John chapter 15, Jesus himself restates this very same idea, now to a New Covenant people. It's worth noting that the "son of man" in Psalm 80 is, in fact, the one who is speaking in John 15. This is Jesus himself and he is referred to as the very Vine that we are apart of. My point in all of this is God's unchanging nature; the instruction for each people group has not changed because God has not changed. Yes, Jesus makes our life possible through Grace but just as was spoken in the Old Testament to the Israelites we too have a responsibility to abide in the vine. Israel needed to rest in God and we too in God's Messiah, Jesus. God has not and will not change. Some things may be different from the New Covenant to the Old Covenant but make no mistake God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will always call us to abide in him. Although this is viewed by some as a work it is rather a rest. If we will but just trust him, rest in him, everything will be fine. Our challenge today is to search the scriptures in order to Define just what it means to abide in Jesus.