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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

And my father is the husbandman. – John 15:1

A vine must have a husbandman to plant and watch over it, to receive and rejoice in its fruit.  Jesus says: “My Father is the husbandman.”  Jesus was “the vine of God’s planting.”  All He was and did, He owed to the Father; in all things He only sought the Father’s will and glory.  He had become man to show us what a creature ought to be to its Creator.  He took our place, and the spirit of His life before the Father was ever what He seeks to make ours:  “Of Him, and through him, and to him, are all things” (Romans 11:36).  He became the true Vine, that we might be true branches.  Both in regard to Christ and ourselves the words teach us the two lessons of absolute dependence and perfect confidence.

My Father is the husbandman. – Christ ever lived in the spirit of what He once said:  “The Son can do nothing of himself” (John 5:19).  As dependent as a vine is on a husbandman for the place where it is to grow, for its fencing in and watering and pruning, Christ felt Himself entirely dependent on the Father every day for the wisdom and the strength to do the Father’s will.  As He said in the previous chapter (John 14:10):  “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.”  This absolute dependence had as its blessed counterpart the most blessed confidence that He had nothing to fear: The Father could not disappoint Him.  With such a Husbandman as His Father, He could enter death and the grave.  He could trust God to raise Him up.  All that Christ is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from the Father.

 

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