Scripture: John 15:1-11
Key verse: (4) Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.
Reflection: In today’s passage, Jesus is speaking to the disciples at his last supper with them. According to John, after washing the disciples’ feet and eating with them, Jesus taught them to prepare them for their future. In this passage, Jesus uses the word “abide” eleven times!
What does it mean to abide? We sometimes use “abide” to mean “accept or act in accordance with, or tolerate” If you don’t abide by the rules of the household, you can’t live here! Jesus used “abide” to mean something much more than accepting or tolerating. The word here is used to mean a lasting persistent togetherness. In English, this definition of “abide” is closely related to “abode” and reminds us of a restful, safe, settled home.
Jesus was abiding in God. He knew God’s presence with him and that presence gave him an assurance that enabled him to be faithful in the midst of great difficulty. Jesus invites us to abide in him. We are invited to put our trust in him, to seek to live in his way in the world, and to turn to him for help and strength when we reach our own limits. When we abide in him, we are able to bear fruit. Our lives look different. Other people can look at us and see something that points to the presence of God. In these days after Easter, may you know the presence of Christ with you in a way that brings you rest and peace.
Prayer: Abide in me, O Lord, and enable me to abide in you. Give me a deep assurance of your presence with me no matter where I go or what I face today. Fill me with your peace and your strength so that I can be faithful to your way. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].