In the midst of what John records as some of Jesus' final words before being arrested, he tells the disciples, "I am the true vine." In the rest of John 15:1-10, Jesus explains that those who believe in him are like branches connected to the vine. As Jesus explains this connection this way, "the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:4)
As we read through these verses they are very rich in their understanding of the relationships between Jesus and God the Father and also our relationship to the Trinitarian God. Through the Gospel, we are connected, or grafted, into the vine of Jesus. We are adopted into the family of God the Father. We are more than linked. We are more than associated. We are joined together as one in a covenant love.
For the believer this means that we were made to experience and live in this deep connection to Jesus. Jesus is our source and our hope. He is the only one that can supply the power we need to live a life that is pleasing to Him. He is the only one that can provide the confident hope of the work and will of God. All of this stems from our abiding and resting in Him.
Today may we cling to Jesus more. May we discover Jesus as our true vine. Our source. Our hope. May we rest in who He is and what He has done.