Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 02-MAY-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Easter 5 – In his gospel John was reflecting on what Jesus had come to mean to him and his community, and he remembers the self-assuredness with which Jesus spoke of himself. John recalled seven definite "I am" statements from Jesus, in which Jesus clearly portrays himself as the one in whom God's sacred history of Israel is now present. "I Am" is the sacred name of a sacred God, and Jesus was identifying himself as the presence of God. With "I am the true vine", he was making reference to the ancient image of Israel as God's vineyard, the place where God does his special work to produce life-giving fruit. Jesus is the true vine, the place where God is found and experienced. When we are told that the vine will be pruned, it should not be seen as a threat of judgement and punishment; rather, pruning is a means for maintaining the life and fruitfulness of the plant. Any vigneron can tell you that vines have to be pruned to stay healthy and fruitful. We too need pruning, to liberate us from useless and fruitless pursuits that can lead to a cycle of sin and death. What might it mean, to bide and abide in the rich soil of God's vineyard, in such rich love as makes the poor heart glad?
John 15: 1-8

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