And My Father is the Husbandman–John 15:1
A vine must have a husbandman to plant and watch over it, to receive and
rejoice in its fruit. Jesus says: “My Father is the husbandman.” He was “the vine
of God’s planting.” All He was and did, He owed to the Father; in all He only
sought the Father’s will and glory. He had become man to show us what a
creature ought to be to its Creator. He took our place, and the spirit of His life
before the Father was ever what He seeks to make ours: “Of him, and through
him, and to him are all things.” He became the true Vine, that we might be true
branches. Both in regard to Christ and ourselves the words teach us the two
lessons of absolute dependence and perfect confidence.
My Father is the Husbandman.–Christ ever lived in the spirit of what He once
said: “The Son can do nothing of himself.” As dependent as a vine is on a
husbandman for the place where it is to grow, for its fencing in and watering and
pruning. Christ felt Himself entirely dependent on the Father every day for the
wisdom and the strength to do the Father’s will. As He said in the previous
chapter (14:10): “The words that I say unto you, I speak not from Myself; but the
Father abiding in Me doeth his works.” This absolute dependence had as its
blessed counterpart the most blessed confidence that He had nothing to fear: the
Father could not disappoint Him. With such a Husbandman as His Father, He
could enter death and the grave. He could trust God to raise Him up. All that
Christ is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from the Father.
My Father is the Husbandman.–That is as blessedly true for us as for Christ.
Christ is about to teach His disciples about their being branches. Before He ever
uses the word, or speaks at all of abiding in Him or bearing fruit, He turns their
eyes heavenward to the Father watching over them, and working all in them. At

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