Jn. 15:1 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Jn. 15:4,5 – Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
This illustration of the Vine and the Vinedresser gives us a look into the supernatural nature of our relationship with the Lord. One of the lessons is the importance of our total dependency on the Lord. Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches, the Father is the Vinedresser. One of the great lessons we learn from the humanity of Christ is His utter dependency on the Father for all things. He often said He could do nothing without the Father. The Father planted the Vine and provides all the life that the vine needs. The sunlight, water, and nutrients all flow from the Father of lights. In the same way the branches are dependent on the Vine. Separated from Him we can do nothing. Everything we have flows from the Vine into the branches. If we abide in Him we will bare fruit, disconnected we will whither up and die. Here is how Andrew Murray describes this illustration.
“At the very root of all Christian life lies the thought that God is to do all, that our work is to give and leave ourselves in His hands, in the confession of utter helplessness and dependence, in the assured confidence that He gives all we need. The great lack of the Christian life is that, even where we trust Christ, we leave God out of the count. Christ came to bring us to God. Christ lived the life of a man exactly as we have to live it. Christ the Vine points to God the Husbandman. As He trusted God, let us trust God, that everything we ought to be and have, as those who belong to the Vine, will be given us from above.”
This is our place of productivity, it is also our place of joy and protection. Think about it, what is the life that flows through the branches? It is the very life of God. This life in us is the source of everything our hearts have searched for, in Him we are finally fulfilled.