The Science of Vines and Branches

There are many ways we can use science to relate to the analogy of vine and branches used within the Gospels.

John 15:4-5

4Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. 5I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.

Science notes the following: “The trunk, which was formerly an individual shoot trained as the trunk in a young vine, becomes permanent and supports the above-ground vegetative (leaves and stems) and reproductive (flowers and fruits) structures of the vine. The trunk is permanent and supports the arms of the grape vine.” 1

Related to growth of the vine, science indicates, “Growth away from light allows the vine to reach a tree trunk, which it can then climb to brighter regions.” 2

So, Jesus lived as one of us, the “trunk” started from a young vine. The trunk is permanent, and Jesus is there for us, forever. It supports the structures of the vine, in that Jesus supports us through all our experiences, positive and negative. Also, apart from Him, we can do nothing. Beyond that, for growth, we will use our faith to help us climb to brighter regions.

We can even relate this analogy about support and strength to Philippians 4:13:

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Dear Heavenly Father, 

I cannot grow without support from you. You are my strength and provide for me the chance to reach brighter regions. Thank you, thank you. For, I can do all things only through You, who strengthens me. Amen

Sarah Thompson

1 Parts of the Grape Vine, Shoots (http://articles.extension.org/pages/31098/parts-of-the-grape-vine:-shoots.

2 Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vine)

Enclyclopedia Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/plant/vine-plant)

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