I am the Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.

“for the Lord disciplines the one he loves
and punishes every son he receives.

Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
(Hebrews 12:6-11)

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

“You belong to him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.”
(Romans 7:4b)

If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

“For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.”
(Hebrews 10:26-27)

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.”

John 15:1-8

Rabboni (Poem)

“Oh woman, tell us why you weep,
and why this tearful vigil keep.”

“They came and took my Lord away!
I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”

“Dear woman, tell Me why you weep.
Who is the Man for whom you seek?”

“If you have carried Him away,
I want to come and get Him!”

“Mary, it is I.”

“Rabboni!”

-Wills Osborn (6/17/2017)
Based on John 20:11-16

Foot Washing

When Jesus realized that he had only a few days left to live, what did he do? He laid aside his garments, took a towel, and served His disciples. Though they did not understand what He was doing, He washed their feet. What’s more, He asked them to imitate Him by washing one another’s feet. What does that look like for us?

The following is a message I shared at Cherrydale Bible Church on May 29, 2016.

Title: Foot Washing

Passage: John 13:1-17

Theme: That You may Believe…

A Gamble I’d Rather Lose

Have you ever gambled and lost? Have you ever felt good about it?

In the Gospel of John, we read about some soldiers who cast lots to try to win a free garment. If I were one of those soldiers, I think I would have opted out.

The story goes like this: “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.” (19:23-24)

(It seems likely that this was a common practice among Roman soldiers. To strip their prisoner naked, flog them, parade them through town to the crucifixion site, and keep their clothes for themselves)

Think about it for a minute. If you were one of the 4 soldiers responsible for crucifying the Lord of Glory, would you really want to wear his tunic afterward? (Especially if you overheard the centurion proclaim, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” Or if you learned about His resurrection a few days later… What would you say if He appeared to you and asked for it back?)

The interesting thing for Christians is that, even though the thought of wearing our crucified Savior’s tunic may make us uneasy, in Romans 13:14, Paul encourages believers to “…put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of daily being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. We can “put Him on” and live completely for His glory (the way He lived for His Father’s!)

I’m grateful to not have been among those soldiers, but I am also grateful that I can say with Isaiah, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (61:10).