Psalm 22: 24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15: 1-8
May 3, 2015
Our gospel passage is familiar to many of us. I have used it for funeral's to talk about how we are connected to God and to one another and to talk about how God works in our lives as a farmer cares for the grapevines. When Jesus taught his followers, he taught them using stories with things familiar to his listeners. We know he taught using sheep and seeds and soils and coins...familiar things. But living in the 21st century, these things aren't always as familiar for Christians today. Marshall likes to share this idea in our adult class and uses the Eskimo culture as an example. Missionaries teaching that Jesus cares for us as for lambs use baby seals instead of lambs. And that's OK, because the point is to make the parable a familiar thing that teaches a lesson as Jesus did with his listeners.