John 15:8 – “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
The final lessons of the great Teacher would be poured out this week and the disciples would no longer be able to sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus. Their literal baptism-by-fire was approaching and they would soon have to stand on the truth of his teachings without his physical presence with them, guiding and directing. A new guide and helper was waiting and these tender saplings that Jesus had grafted into the vine would grow and mature. The Holy Spirit would help them with this new phase of their life and encourage them to develop into strong branches that produced good fruit.
Through God’s word we can continue to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from him but we cannot stay there all the time; sitting all day is extremely unproductive. We can come back, of course, as often as we like but in order to glorify God, we need to prove that we are indeed his disciples. This is only done by getting up and going out to put into practice all that has been taught. The apostles would do this through the power of the Spirit as they strived to live lives worthy of their Lord’s sacrifice. Everything they needed in order to bear fruit stemmed from Him and would grow stronger through the Spirit.
Likewise, we too, as followers of Christ, have been grafted into the true vine and everything we need for the kingdom work stems from Him and as long as we remain in Him, we will continue to grow and have productive Christian lives.
His teachings can strengthen our faith, our knowledge and our understanding of his gospel. The stronger those are, the more confidence we will have in sharing the truths within his word as we strive to live in a manner worthy of His sacrifice and our salvation.