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Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Content |

The Branch

TheBranchWhat do you think of when you think of a branch? Perhaps you envision a sturdy oak tree with thick, solid branches that you could hang a rope swing on. You might imagine the prickly, sappy branch of a pine, or the leafy fronds of a palm tree. If you are like me, you think of the long, sweeping branches of a willow tree. Jesus Christ, our Lord, is a called the ‘Branch’ many times. But what kind of a branch is He?

A Divine Branch – Is. 4:2

In Isaiah 4, Christ is called the Branch of the Lord. As this divine branch, Christ is possessed of beauty and glory beyond any other. His unwavering strength and unfailing promises are a beacon of light and hope in the midst of turmoil. When all else seems lost, this Branch of the Lord is the most excellent, life-giving hope that you can turn to.

A Kingly Branch – Jer. 23:5

Christ is called a Branch of David, a righteous Branch. He is the one who will fulfill all the promises that God made to David. He will sit on the throne forever. He will rule in righteousness and justice. He will bring peace. What a precious hope this is, that one day the Branch of David will be revealed in power, and He will reign forever.

A Serving Branch – Zech. 3:8

God reveals the lowly nature of this Branch to the high priest, Joshua. The Lord promises to send a Servant, the Branch. The true, humble coming of Christ is something to wonder at. The eternal Word came not to do His own will, but the Father’s. His entire life consisted of serving others. In the most incredible act of humble service, He took on the form of a servant and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

A Human Branch – Zech. 6:12

The Lord speaks of a man whose name is The Branch. Hebrews says that Christ took on human form, and that in all things Jesus was made like His brothers, so that He could be a merciful and faithful High Priest. What a wonder, to think that God would want to be able to relate to mankind, to be merciful and faithful to them. Yet the Branch, the man Jesus, did this for us.

 

Praise the Lord for His wondrous Branch! Eternal and excellent, kingly and righteous, He is wonderful to hope in and run to for refuge. A servant, one who took on flesh and blood, He is ever there for us, merciful and gracious in times of need. This Branch, Jesus Christ, is like none other.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2013 in Content |

The True Vine

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”
John 15:1

Seeing Christ as the True Vine is a beautiful picture that shows Him giving abundantly to His people. The picture uses the relationship between the vine and its branches to show how Christ nourishes His people in an abundant way. Christ’s nourishment is the lifeline of any Christian.

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Posted on Jul 14, 2013 in Content | 1 comment

The Apple Tree: An Apple A Day

Apple Tree

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”
Song of Solomon 2:3

 

The Importance of an Apple

Have you ever heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Physically, we need nutrients to stay healthy, and the apple is a wonderful source of nutrition! Spiritually, we need a different kind of nutrition if we want to stay healthy. When the woman in the Song of Songs spoke of her beloved as an ‘apple tree’, she gave us a beautiful reminder of Christ.

Like an apple tree, Christ has boundless fruit that we can enjoy. He is our beloved, and it is only in His fruit that we can find the spiritual nutrition we need to keep on going. Let us glimpse at some of the fruit that Christ offers to us, if we would only taste of it!

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Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Books |

6 Reasons to Read “The Watered Garden”

The Watered Garden1: It is written to be read in segments
This is not a book that you need to plow through in a few sittings. It was made so that you can take a taste, meditate, and enjoy a truth. This makes for a devotional read at your leisure.

2: Pulled from a lifetime of experience
Just like this isn’t a book to read in a few sittings, it was not written in a few sittings either. The content was not only worked on for many years, but  was pulled from years of hard study and life experiences.

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Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Content |

The True Vine: Without Me

Beautiful truths dwell deep at the roots of Christ as the True Vine, as described in the 15th chapter of John.

Beautiful truths dwell deep at the roots of Christ as the True Vine, as described in the 15th chapter of John.

The Relationships

The relationship between the branch, the fruit, and the vine will show us the importance of this comparison between branches. We see that all the resources the branch uses to produce the fruit come from the vine. We see this in our own lives; everything produced in the believer’s life that is pleasing to the Husbandman has come from spending time with Jesus. Through the process of abiding, heavenly resources flow from Christ, through us, and into a form pleasing to God.

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