“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON THIRTY-SIX

John 15:1-6
     1.   I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
     2.   Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it,
           that it may bring forth more fruit.
     3.   Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
     4.   Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye,
           except ye abide in me.
     5.   I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
           without me ye can do nothing.
     6.   If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them
           into the fire, and they are burned.

Verse one - I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

    [A]  Jesus said, “I am the true vine’
            [1]  Here Jesus refers to himself as a vine, and not just any vine, he is the true vine, leaving us to believe that
                     there are other vines as well
            [2]  Everyone in Israel would have understood what the vine represented, for they were all familiar with
                     Grapes and the grape vine.
            [3]  At sight where my home sits, My mother had a grape vine. It was trained to climb up the end of a trellis,
                     with a vine at each end. The two vines grew until they covered the entire trellis, a trellis which spanned
                     about twenty-five to thirty feet. On the vines, each spring appears leaves and eventually clusters of
                     Grapes.
            [4]  The vines grow out of the ground at each end of the trellis, attached to the root system in the ground,
                     which gives it the nutrients from the ground it needs to survive.
            [5]  The branches are attached to the vine, growing all over the vine, and on them grows the fruit that the
                     vines produces.
            [6]  Jesus is the true vine,
                    [a]  He is attached to the Father in heaven drawing everything he needs from him.
                    [b]  From the Father he received all his teaching and instructions
            [7]  We are the branches
                    [a]  From the ground, or in this case from the Father, everything needed for life is drawn into the vine.
                    [b]  The vine then, produces branches which sprout out from it feeding off of the nutrients that come
                             from the ground, and feed them
            [8]  The branches, produce leaves, and fruit which receives everything they need from the branches, which
                     receive what they need from the vine, which receives everything it needs from the ground.
    
     [B]  My Father is the husbandman
            [1]  Husbandman
                    [a]  A Husbandman is a farmer the one who tends the crop and cares for the vine
                    [b]  A Husbandman is one who trims the vines and removes all branches which is not fruitful
    
     [C]  Jesus is the true vine, and God the Father is the husbandman who cares for the vine
            [1]  He removes all unwanted branches
            [2]  He protects it from insects
            [3]  He drives away the birds of the air,
            [4]  He guards it against those who would break through and steal the crop
            [5]  He looks after the vine and sees to it’s welfare

Verse two -  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth
     it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
     
     [A]  I don’t know much about what it takes to tend to a grapevine, but I do know to get any fruit bearing tree or
             vine to produce more fruit, one has to prune it, and get rid of all the dead and dying branches, in order to
             give the good branches room to produce and grow.
    
     [B]  Jesus is talking about people here - and God trimming or removing the branches that doesn’t bear fruit
             [1]  What does this mean?
             [2]  How does he remove the branches?
                     [a]  I have often said, when a  preacher is preaching the word, of God, and people get offended and
                             leave the church because he is waling on their toes, that God is picking the weed out of the flower
                             bed
                     [b]  While pastoring at one particular church, a number of couples leave the church because I
                             preached about adultery, and about people living together without being married. This apparently
                             offended them, because they thought that it was OK, but the bible tells us something different. All
                             of them, eventually made thing right with the Lord and married, and all of them returned to the
                             Church. The thing that concerned me, was not that they attended Church but whether they were   
                             prepared to go to heaven. Unless I preached the word, and told them, I would have to stand
                             before God someday and answer to him as to why I didn’t
                    [c]  God pruned the branches, and then restored them to the vine when they were ready to produce fruit
                             again

Verse three - Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
    
     [A] Through the teaching of Jesus, the disciples were made clean
             [1]  Because they adhered to what he said they were cleansed
             [2]  Because they followed his teaching they were saved
    
     [B]  The same hold true for you and I, in order to be made clean, we must listen to what Jesus tells us, and do
             what he says.
             [1]  He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”
             [2]  The bible teaches us that we “Must believe on him”

Verse four - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more
     can ye, except ye abide in me.
     
     [A]  In order for you and I to bear fruit, we must abide in Jesus
    
     [B]  A branch that is cut from a vine cannot bear fruit, instead it will dry up and die (Why is that?)
             [1] It is through the vine that everything necessary for the branch to bear fruit exists
             [2]  The vine delivers the nutrients from the ground that’s necessary for the branch to live.   
             [3]  Without the vine, the branch is nothing
    
     [C]  As followers of Jesus, we are his branches - we are attached to him,
             [1]  Everything we need to bear good fruit comes from him
             [2]  Everything we receiver from the Father comes through him
             [3]  Our very life comes from him
    
     [D]  To bear fruit, we must be attached and drawing life from Jesus. Without him, the fruit we bear will be worthless.

Verse five - I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
     fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
    
     [A]  This says what I was just saying

Verse six - If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast
     them into the fire, and they are burned.
    
     [A]  Here we find a very stern warning from Jesus
             [1]  I a person does not abide in Christ, he will be cut from the vine
                     [a] If a man is not truly united to him by faith, and does not live with a continual sense of his
                             dependence on him.  This doubtless refers to those who are professors of religion, but who have
                             never known anything of true and real connection with him.
                    [b]  I believe Jesus is referring to the Lukewarm Christian, the Carnal Christian, the person with head
                             knowledge but no heart knowledge
             [2]  That person who is cut from the vine will be cast into the fire to burn
    
     [B]  The question then is, How do we abide in Christ? What does this mean?
             [1]  Must believe
             [2]  Must follow
             [3]  Must accept his teaching
             [4]  Must obey his commandments
             [5]  Must love others
             [6]  Must depend on him
             [7]  Must place him first in our lives

John 15:7-10
     7.   If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
     8.   Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
     9.   As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
     10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments,
           and abide in his love.

Verse seven -  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

     [A]  Verse seven gives us a promise,
             [1]  Not only will we not be cut off from vine if we abide in Christ, he will hear our prayers and give us what we
                     ask.
    
     [B] What a promise - for Christ to do what we ask him to do
    
     [C]  Herein also may lie reason many of our prayers go unanswered
             [1]  Maybe we are not abiding in Christ as much as we should
             [2]  Maybe we are not where we should be with him

Verse eight -  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

     [A]  What a wonderful thought this is
             [1]  God the Father wants us to bear much fruit
             [2]  He wants us to ask him for things so that he can give it
             [3]  He wants to see people healed and other miracles performed
    
     [B] When we bear much fruit, God the Father is glorified
    
     [C]  The only way we can bear much fruit is if we abide in Christ and he abides in us

Verse nine - As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

     [A]  As the Father loved Jesus, so Jesus loves his Disciples
    
     [B]  The command to them and to us then is, to love others the same as Christ loves us.
             [1]  by doing do, we are passing God’s love on to others

Verse ten -  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's
     commandments, and abide in his love.
     
     [A] Jesus said to keep his love and for him to abide in us, we were to keep his commandments
    
     [B]  When we obey him and trust him, I believe it becomes second nature to us to keep his commandments.
             [1]  When we love him we serve him
             [2]  When we follow him he leads us.
             [3]  When we love others, we do so because we love him  
             [4]  Our live is centered around him and he abides in us.

John 15:11-15
     11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
     12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
     13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
     14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Verse eleven - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
    
     [A] Do you want to be a happy Christian - Abide in Christ
    
     [B]  Do you want Joy in your soul - Abide in Christ
    
     [C]  Do you want happiness beyond anything the world has to offer - Abide in Christ
    
     [D]  Do you want peace that passes all understanding - Abide in Christ

Verse twelve - This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    
     [A]  What does it mean to love one another?
    
     [B]  Describe the love we are to have for each other?
    
     [C]  How is this love different than the love we have for our family?

Verse thirteen - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    
     [A]  Jesus is about to lay down his life for the sins of all mankind
    
     [B]  His statement to the disciples is, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
             friends.
             [1]  Why did he lay down his life?
             [2]  Did the disciples who were with him, need Jesus to lay down his life for them?
             [3]  Would it not have been better if God would have found another way to save us?

Verse fourteen - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

     [A]  Who are Christ’s friends
             [1]  Those who keep his commandments
             [2]  Those who have accepted him and follow him
    
     [B]  How much did Christ love us?
             [1] Enough that he lay down his life for us.
             [2] Enough that he was willing to suffer and die
             [3]  Enough that he was willing to face persecution and ridicule
           
      [C] Questions:
             [1]  Who are your friends?                
             [2]  What are you willing to do for them?
             [3]  Are you willing to lay down your life for you family, and your friends?
             [4]  Are you willing to suffer hardship and troubles for your friends and family?
             [5]  Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and tell them about Jesus, so that they might be saved?