Abide In Me

Over the next few weeks we will be taking a closer journey through the first section John 15. It is from this passage that our theme and focus for 2021. I thought I would be a good idea to explore this passage a little more and be challenged by what it says to us. This week we will look at the whole passage and then over the following 5 weeks we’ll break the passage down into sections and explore them in more detail. In the gospel of John, chapter 15 is in the midst of what is known as Jesus’ farewell discourse. It is placed during the gathering in the upper room and after Christ has washed the feet of the disciples. These chapters could be considered prayers. Prayers for the unity of his disciples, prayers for better connections with God, in these chapters the new commandment is given, there is the promise of the Holy Spirit, there is the preparation of ‘my Father’s house’, and then we come to the declaration from Christ that he is “..the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.” Early in chapter 15 Jesus tells his disciples to “Abide in me as I abide in you.” What does Jesus mean when he says abide? It’s not a word we use very often in today’s language. I suspect today we generally think ‘dwell’ or