John 15:1-5, Isaiah 5
The True Vine

In John 15, Jesus introduces Himself as the True Vine—knowing the vine of Israel had failed to love God and keep His commandments (as we find in Isaiah 5). Jesus also introduces His Father as the Vinedresser or Gardener who prunes the branches. In this message, we find that the ability to be a fruit-bearing branch begins with my connection to Jesus as the Vine, but also requires the attention of the Father as the Vinedresser. The Father—the Vinedresser—is working to mold us into the image of Jesus and is more committed to His branches being fruitful than being comfortable.