May 12, 2024

Fruitful Faith

Text: John 15:1-17
Rev. Paul Karlberg

Farewells often carry with them mixed emotions.  There is often the excitement of what comes next, along with the sadness of leaving friends behind.  Today’s text contains part of Jesus’ extended farewell discourse, containing truths that he wants to impress upon his disciples.  As he departs this world, he exhorts them not to take their eyes off him, but to abide in him as branches connected to the true vine.  He encourages them — and us — to grow in obedience and fruitfulness that we may bring glory to God, and to do so while growing in love for one another.