I AM: Beholding Christ in the Gospel of John
The Gospel of John paints a profound picture of Jesus Christ. Through the seven “I AM” statements Jesus declares about himself, we get a glimpse into His character, His motives, His interactions, and the ways He fulfills the Old Testament echoes of His purpose. But most of all, we get to see the profound love He has for all of us as he declares “I AM” over every area of our lives.
I AM the True Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)
For centuries, when God’s people were referred to as “the vine,” it was a sign of judgment for being a vine that did NOT produce fruit – and therefore, God’s wrath was near. But in this I AM statement, Jesus redeems this label and takes the responsibility upon himself. In this declaration, He tells them (and us): “I AM doing what you cannot do, I AM being what you have not been able to be...the type of fruitfulness that pleases the Lord is something you could never achieve, I will now achieve that for you.”
In order for this promise to come to fruition, Jesus teaches in this passage that with Him being the true vine, we should expect “pruning” in our lives, we should “remain” in His presence, and all of that leads to a deeper relationship with Him.
Join us this Sunday at 10:00am as we conclude our I AM message series with this final I AM statement – a statement of peace and assurance as we remain in the presence of Jesus.