John 15:1-2: “I am the true vine.”
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He was instructing them for their work in spreading the Gospel of His Kingdom. He wanted them to understand their relationship with Him and their dependency on Him for any fruit bearing. Describing Himself as the “True Vine” is important because one of the definitions of the word “true” is “honest.” So Jesus was telling them, “I am the Honest Vine.”
Jesus is the “Honest Vine.” What does that mean? It means He does not lie. He does not promise something and then fail to produce. We can count on every word He has said being true and coming to pass for us if we will be true and honest in our faith in Him.
And equally important is that we be “honest” branches on that vine. We must not just look like we are attached to Him, but must be truly and permanently attached so that we will not fail to produce His fruit.
But Jesus continued His teaching: “I am the vine; you are the branches. … Apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Oh, may I remember that truth every day of my life: Apart from Him I can do nothing.
Apart from You, Dear Jesus, I can do nothing!