Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, April 26th)


John 15 (ESV)

I Am the True Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[b] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.


a. John 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20
b. John 15:22 Greek they would not have sin; also verse 24


Lord I pray that you would make me teachable that I may learn from you and do the things you have done and taught me to do by example!

It iis the love of God in our hearts that fill it with joy.
We need to be satisfied with His lovingkindness",
So that we can enjoy commuion with our God.And
If we have that joy we must thank our Savior Jesus
Christ our Savior for it.

Verses 18-25 stuck with me, particularly verse 22 which reminded me of Romans 1:20. What a huge consequence to the rejection of the Messiah. I am without excuse when it comes to my sin, however, grateful to the Savior who took my place on the cross and revealed my darkness and brought me to His light by faith through repentance. Forgive me Father for my sin. Praying for those who remain in the dark. Praying for evangelistic opportunities...

Verse 7 gives one of many prayer promises that we find in Scripture. I think that my view of prayer is often way too small. Jesus is saying that If I abide in Him and His word in me then I can ask whatever. We have a hard time believing that and perhaps we think our own experience would argue against this. But it might possibly be the the real problem is user error. I want to continue to grow in both my understanding and practice of the kind of prayer Jesus talks about.

Verse 2b, "every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." Father, please help me to bear more fruit so that I may be continually pruned to bear even more fruit. Verse 16a, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit." Thank you Jesus for loving me so much that you would choose me to be one of you friends and to bear fruit for your glory. May You be praised forever and ever, Amen!

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." Today we are looking for joy in all the wrong places. It is through abiding in him that we find joy and peace. It is through him we find abundant everlasting life. Oh may I keep my eyes fixed on you today.

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