In the previous post, it addressed eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ. I won’t ask if the next few verses are meant to be literal.
There is also a relationship between God’s people, the church, and with God in Jesus Christ. Jesus also taught that we must remain in Christ. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. If we do not receive and are cut off from the vine who is Jesus, we will not be nourished with the living water and nutrients that come from Jesus.
Jesus said in John ch.15, v.5-6:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers;…”
This shows there is a direct relationship between us and with Jesus. We need to feed on Jesus’ body and blood. Without him, we can do nothing. We need to seek what is eternal and long lasting.
We are utterly reliant upon Jesus. We have to stick with Jesus no matter what. Veering off from him means we as branches get cut off from the vine. Oooh, ouch.
What’s your practice or what things do you do to stay in the vine with Jesus?