Summary: Life Lessons from God’s Creation Jesus is the true vine. God’s chosen people are His natural branches. We have the right to be grafted in, becoming a part of God’s family tree.
VINE AND BRANCHES
By William Akehurst, HSWC
Life Lessons from God’s Creation
Jesus is the true vine. God’s chosen people are His natural branches. We have the right to be grafted in, becoming a part of God’s family tree.
Today we will begin with a lesson in Botany
Props: a branch with leaves, some dead wood and a few broken branches.
A separate branch, to be used to demonstrate grafting
In order for a plant to grow, it must have roots
In order for us to grow spiritually, we must be well rooted in the WORD.
Vine, shoots, stems, branch
As with any plant, once the roots begin to grow, a shoot, must come up out of the dirt, it must emerge forth
Spiritually, we must emerge from the miry clay Psalm 40
The shoot then puts out branches
Gives structure. Allows to not only have upward growth, but expansive growth
Gathering strength and developing
Buds and Blooms
Must put out new growth
Blossoming and blooming
Spiritually, we are to bud, blossom and bloom, showing our colors
Blooms are for pollination, for reproducing
Blooms are beautiful
Others must see Christ’s love and beauty in us
When others see Christ’s love in us, it spreads.
We pollinate others with the love of Christ
Leaf – we are to leaf out in order to get nourishment
Leaves are what gathers sunlight which becomes food for the plant
We must feed on the SON’S light
Our rooting, branching, leafing out, budding, blooming, pollinating, leads to fruit.
The Fruit is nourishment to others.
Fruit is known as Produce. Produce aisle in the grocery store. It is what was produced by the plant. A useable product
Spiritually, it represents our ability to perform, to reach the goal
Fruit and Fruitfulness represents
Productivity – the sign of reaching the goal, the fruit of the plant
Abundance – shows how successful
Fertility – fruit holds seed to reproduce again
Effectiveness – the effectiveness of the plant’s performance to reach the goal
Fig tree in the garden. Jesus went to the tree, which should have had fruit, it did not, so it died. It was worthless for what it was made for.
We are made to GLORIFY GOD
1. ROOT IN, GRAFT IN
1st, we must be part of his family
Rooted in Christ, the RIGHTEOUS BRANCH
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
God’s Chosen people of the OT were the Jewish nation of Israel.
This nation, was from the original ‘family tree’ of God.
But the Lord made it possible for others, outside of the ‘family’ to become family.
But God gave the right for us to be Grafted in.
Fruit trees are often started and grafted into another tree which has a better root system, or a stronger tree structure.
A branch is cut from one tree, and inserted in an incision in the bark of the rooted tree.
The bark is wrapped around the inserted branch and as the tree continues to grow, the new branch becomes infused into the rooted tree.