Week Ending Sunday, July 15, 2018
"I Am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don't produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can't produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can't produce fruit unless you remain in me. I Am the vine; your are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can't do anything. If you don't remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples." John 15:1-17
When I read the "I Am" statements, I find them very clear as to what Jesus is referring. He leaves no doubt as to who he is, where he is from and to where he is returning. Also, there is no doubt for whom he is working. "Our Father in heaven," is the source of all of his words, deeds and power. Of this, there is no doubt. But wait. Do you say there is a shadow of doubt? Of course, there is.
We who are left here on earth doubt our very existence, not even considering who Jesus was and is on this earth, so doubt is expected within the ranks. But let me ask this: Isn't it just as easy to believe, as it is to doubt. Is one optimistic and one pessimistic in approach? Do you need proof to believe? You don't seem to need proof to doubt. The reason we doubt, or one big reason, is the fact that we view Jesus and God with humanly defined characteristics. That is to say, we cannot believe because we do not see how it is possible for him to have done and to do the things he did from a the perspective that it wasn't and isn't humanly possible to be who he said he is and do the things he did and die for us. Who would do that in this human world? Only one would do that: Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, The Christ, God Incarnate. If you question, it's okay but you can believe with all of your questions at the ready and he'll answer each and every one. Why not, come, and see. There is nothing to be afraid of except one thing: What do you do when you find out he is real? Even then he will say, "Don't be afraid, I Am He."
Gaddis Church is a United Methodist Congregation.
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141 Hwy 87 | P.O. Box 566
Comfort, Texas 78013
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