The Power of Pruning: A Lord's Supper Message
Ernest L. Easley
Now as we continue preparing to share in the Lord's Supper, take your Bible and turn with me once again to John 15 where we find Jesus illustrating truth through the allegory of the vine and the branches.
You will notice that chapter 14 concludes in verse 31 by Jesus saying, ''Get up; let's leave this place'' (HCSB). Get up and leave what place? The Upper Room!
Supper was over. Jesus has washed the feet of His disciples and then predicted the betrayal of Judas and the denials of Peter. He then promised them another comforter and His peace and then He says in 14.31, ''Get up; let's leave this place.''
Push pause. Look with me toJohn18.1,''When Jesus had spoken these words (chapters 15-17), He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.''
Between the Upper Room and the Garden of Gethsemane was the Kidron Valley. As Jesus was talking to them beginning back in chapter 13, in the back of His mind was that walk through the Kidron Valley up into the Garden.
In that valley were all kinds of vegetation including vines and branches. They had walked through it many times over the years. With that walk on His mind and would soon be in their sight, He uses an imagery that they would understand to teach them about abiding in Him.
So with that in mind, let's think about …
The Power of Pruning
''I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 ''I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without ...
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