I do not know how Jesus did it. Hundreds, He performed hundreds, maybe thousands of miracles while He walked the earth. Yet His Word in
“I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vinedresser.” In the same breath, in the same sentence, immediately after declaring Himself to be The True Vine, He declares His Father. Not only this. Jesus says "and" My Father Is The Vinedresser. This “and” couples and interrelates the two sides of the sentence. You cannot separate Him from His Father. You cannot separate The True Vine from The Vinedresser. You cannot separate I AM from My Father IS. What is a wife without her husband? What is a farmer without the land? What is man without the earth? But these analogies all fail to describe how intricately this “and” intertwines Jesus The Son and God The Father.
And yet, even while using a single “and” to declare that He has the same nature as God The Father, His feet are busy mortifying His Words. With every step, with every puff of arid dust, Jesus lays down equality and takes up humility. He is walking to the cross. By obeying His Father
“I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vinedresser.” Joseph is dead. Jesus begins the sentence talking about Himself. Then He proceeds immediately to introducing His Father, God in Heaven. Let us notice a few things Jesus does NOT do. He does NOT introduce God as The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He does not introduce God by His great deeds or by His wonderful creation. He doesn’t say, "The Vinedresser is My Father.” He doesn’t say, “The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob also happens to be My Father.” No. He says, "My Father ... Is The Vinedresser”. He declares His Relationship to God first. It is analogical to a boy saying, “You may know him as CEO of your company. But he is my daddy first.” If God were a man, it would be as if Jesus was saying to His friends, “He’s My Father First and He Is Almighty, Creator, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Greater than the double blessing on Elisha who saw Elijah ascend is the blessing that falls upon the one who can hear Jesus saying “My Father”. Anyone who hears Him experiences a spiritual and religious earthquake of eternal magnitude. A lesser tectonic shift occurred when God Named Himself Jehovah in
There are many who know God as Judge, as Creator or as God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There are many who only know God as The God of their mother or father. Jesus Names God, “My Father”. Even if you think you already know God, Jesus introduces God to us through His Relationship with God. He declares Himself again to be The Way, between us and God, His Father. No one meets His Father unless Jesus does the Introduction. All who thought they knew God only truly meet Him through Jesus Christ.
And as before, the Revelation of God’s Name comes with a new covenant. When Israel met Jehovah God, they became His people ransomed from Pharaoh. Only those whom Jesus introduces to His Father become His Father’s sons ransomed from sin and death. That is the secret of Christianity. That is the secret of
The Widow’s Oil
But what about the old covenant by which Israel was freed from Egypt? What about all the other names God had revealed? They are not obsolete. Instead, they have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Who Names God “My Father”. Like the widow’s small jar of oil from which many many jars were miraculously filled
But you can only know God through Jesus Christ. He Is The Way. Not a way among many. By Naming God, "My Father,” Jesus claims an Exclusive Relationship with God. And this makes, even earthly, sense. What earthly father will love you if you ignore or hate his son? God in Heaven will refuse all who refuse Jesus Christ, His Son. However, if Jesus Knows and Befriends you, He Will Introduce you to God His Father. He Who introduces you to His Father is teaching you how to be God’s son. Therefore, Jesus says to you today, “Come to Me. Let Me introduce you to God, My Father.”