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The disciples and Jesus in John 15 are on the move. They have left the upper room and are walking through Jerusalem eastward to a little garden called Gethsemane.

Jesus looks at his disciples who, like many of us, are concerned about their safety, future, family, friends, government, and liveable sustainability. Jesus then looks back toward the temple, he can see the huge golden grape vine adorning the Temple doors. (The vineyard was a symbol of the strength and health of national Israel).

He tells them, “I am the true Vine, and my Father (Parent) is the vine grower.”

He understands their doubts and fears. He knows the trauma of the future events, yet Jesus is confident in who he is and who God is as the strength they need. So he motivates them (and us) to stay connected and abide as branches and extensions of himself, The Vine.

Jesus explains that the power and grace of God is available to us as we abide in him. Recognizing who Jesus is and what we are to him and in him is a great source of encouragement. We are not alone, and our future is not dependent on our strength alone.

Oh God, keep us connected to you and your Son so that we may remain fruitful and effective in your purpose for our lives. Amen.

Rev. Lamont Anthony Wells, National Director, ELCA Campus Ministry (LuMin Network)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.”  

-John 15:1