Book III: Chapter 10
More than a month passed, and while the world continued to deteriorate around me, I was immune to most of these events as I remained in solitude on my farm.
I hope that you won’t find me hypocritical if I tell you that during this time I became engrossed again with a passion for reading The Bible.
(I also discovered another great brew: Goose Island Bourbon Stout – this stuff is amazing. Beer and bourbon – what could be better? How about beer, bourbon, and the Bible?!?)
But I digress – let’s focus just on The Bible…for now.
Now I realize that I might have told you quite a few times in the past that I didn’t believe in the words of The Bible anymore and that the book was filled with lies – but please remember that this was the old me talking. No, not the original me, mind you, but the bitter OLD man me – more specifically, the near demon that needed to be exorcised from me!
Thankfully, Gabriel helped me to do just that on July 26th (what I am calling my new ‘birth’ day) and as a result, the true John the Apostle was back in all his (my) glory!
Before I go any further, I feel like I must tell you some important spiritual truths. After all, our Lord is soon to return and I want to ensure that YOU will be saved along with me! Therefore, listen well to my words – I promise, if you simply LISTEN, you will understand the very essence of Jesus’ teachings and you WILL be saved at the Last Resurrection.
I am the vine; you are the branches…
That’s from my gospel, Chapter 15. Please, do yourself a favor, and turn to that section and read with me.
Are you there yet? Are you familiar with these verses?
I encourage you to bind these words around your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart, for they will save your soul.
These then are the words of The Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, on the night before his crucifixion and death. We sat with him in the Garden of Gethsemane as he spoke thusly…
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.Gospel of John, 15: 5-8
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete, [therefore] love each other as I have loved you.Gospel of John, 15: 9-17
Greater love has no one than this — that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
This is my command: Love one another.
My friends, do you understand?
This IS the secret – the one you’ve been searching for your entire life!
Don’t you see. It’s not really a secret. This knowledge is all here, right before your eyes.
You simply need to listen, learn, and apply it.
These words will change your life if you just take them to heart.
Oh how I am truly humbled by Christ’s words. Of all people, I should have known this and never have forgotten it. (After all, I did write it down, right?)
Nonetheless, Jesus told us that surely there is no man upon this earth that is always righteous and never sins (save Him alone) – and like you I am a sinner too.
And yet, when I reread what I wrote back then, I am amazed now at the simplicity of it all.
Our purpose in life is to love and serve one another – for thereby do we give glory to God, our creator. And the best way we can accomplish our mission is to live ‘in’ Jesus Christ.
It really IS that simple.
So, tell me now, do YOU want to recognize Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
If so, are you willing to abide in him?
Will you accept that you are a mere branch that requires the Vine of Jesus to bring you life AND the careful pruning of God as the Divine Gardener to help you flourish?
Are you ready to allow Jesus into your life?
If so, all He asks of you is to bear much fruit for Him.
How do you do that, you ask?
Well, He already gave you the answer.
Love one another.
My friends, if you do that, you will fulfill your purpose in life – you will bring glory to your creator and you will then be rewarded with the Gift of Eternal Life!
Welcome, my brothers and sisters, to a Life of Everlasting Joy!!