The King’s Eternal Reign: The Vine!
– John 15:5 (NIV)
It is hard to grasp that a King would serve, but this is no ordinary king. This is Jesus, whose Father proclaimed, “I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch.” He will be gloriously crowned. He will sit on His righteous throne and “from His place He shall branch out” (Zechariah 6:12)— to serve.
How will He serve? He will harvest His bounty — souls to fill Heaven.
No wonder the Bible has a lot to say about roots, seeds, branches, and vines — and trees. I can’t help but wonder what went through the mind of Jesus as He worked in the carpenter’s shop, filled with varied woods harvested from the forests. We certainly know that He spoke of trees to illustrate truth as He walked the valleys and hills with His disciples.
Nearly every biblical writer wrote about the trees. Perhaps this is why Ezekiel described the coming kingdom this way:
Trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches… They [will be] watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing. — Ezekiel 47:12
This is certainly a picture of the coming King: from the root of Jesse, from the seed of David, whose name is Branch. No wonder Jesus called Himself the true Vine —
I am the vine; you are the branches. — John 15:5
— for eternal life flows from the vine to the branches. This is Heaven’s family tree.
No wonder Jesus found strength as He knelt among the olive trees in the garden of Gethsemane, at the base of the Mount of Olives. On this mountain, overlooking Jerusalem, Jesus taught His disciples to pray. This is where He wept over the city. This is where He will plant His feet when He comes back in glory.
Then His kingdom will branch out — just as the crown of a tree, by its branches, covers a great area. The Branch protects and hovers over His own, and
His beauty shall be like an olive tree. — Hosea 14:6
(Adapted from Where I Am by Billy Graham)
In Jesus Name I declare I am like a tree planted by the streams of water. I will be fruitful all season long. My leaf will never wither and I will prosper in all I do now and forevermore. Amen.