Summary: The "Great Vine" outside London is the oldest and largest vine in the world. But guess what. There is an even greater “Great Vine” Jesus and we are the branches.
The Great Vine in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens outside of London is the oldest and largest known vine in the world. The Great Vine is more than 230 years old. It measures 12 feet around the base. Its longest rod is 120 feet. The fruit produced each year averages 500 to 700 clusters of grapes that weigh over 500 pounds every year. 1
But guess what. There is an even greater “Great Vine” who is Jesus. He is the vine, and we are the branches. We abide in him to bear fruit.
Read John 15:1-17
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.
We are the branches, Jesus is the vine. God’s purpose is for us to bear fruit. When you became a Christian there was a living union between you and God. Just as the branch gets life from the vine so the believer gets his life from Jesus.
Bearing Spiritual Fruit
A branch does not bear fruit for itself but for others. God’s purpose for the apple is to produce a tree that produces more fruit with seeds to produce much more fruit. It is the principle of spiritual multiplication. “I tell you open your eyes and look to the fields! They are ripe for harvest…for the crop of eternal life. (John 4:34-35) The parable of the fig tree reminds us that it is not acceptable to not bear fruit. (Luke 13:1-9)
Bearing the Fruit of Christ like Character.
We have the list in Galatians 5:22-23 known as the fruit of the spirit. We must abide in Christ to bear these fruits.