John 15:1-2 – “I Am the true vine, and my father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit, hee takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
We begin with God’s Word and the Word is Jesus who is the Christ, (John 1: 1 & 14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth). Jesus speaks of himself as the vine, His Father (God) is the husbandman, and we are the branches. We are strengthened by the pruning that we go through as we read and study God’s Word. At times we are able to receive and understand the Word that God leads us to and at other times it can seem harsh and unyielding to our own desires. We must always remember it is not about us, it is all about Him and with that we can begin to see a cycle in God’s Word that will give us peace and grant us God’s rest as we seek God’s will and not our own.
The number 2015 our new year adds to equal eight (8) (2+0+1+5). The number eight as a biblical and spiritual concept that means “New Beginning” so as we work through this fifteenth chapter of John this year let us pray God will open our eyes to one of the keys God has placed in His Word that keeps us in His will and brings wholeness to our understanding of who we are in Christ.
The Word of God has the Power of God’s creation work behind it and establishes our relationship with God that God is God and we are not, and this is the point at which we begin and the point at which we return and complete the Spiritual Cycle of God.