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Our reflections and meditations on the True Vine over the last month have hopefully brought you to a place of deeper appreciation and devotion to the Lord. As Jesus relates this metaphor, He is actually opening up His heart and asking us to look inside—inviting us to see the love and purposes He has for us and His desire to have an intimate relationship with us.
Never forget that Jesus wants nothing more than to win our love. He does it by showing us how much He loves us! He states it right there at the end: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus’s self-sacrifice (He knows it is coming) comes out of His love for us. In love, He pays the ransom to free us from sin. When we love in response, it is not because of any pure devotion of our own, but because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Scripture gives us many examples of how we respond to the love and faithfulness of God. Consider Psalm 116. The psalmist begins by declaring his love for the Lord, honestly stating the reason: because God has heard his pleas for rescue and has answered them. God, in His faithfulness, has protected him because He loves him. As the psalm continues, the writer seeks the proper response, asking, “How shall I repay the Lord for all the good things he has done for me?” There is ultimately only one course of action:
God has shown us that this is the type of sacrifice He wants most (Ps. 50:7-14). It is no wonder that Holy Communion is actually called Eucharist (meaning Thanksgiving) because in it we give God a “sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.”
By faithfully loving us He has won our love. What better way is there to show our love for him than to praise Him before others?
The Rev. Jeff RawnPastoral Care, Men & Mission
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