John 15:1-2,5,8 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit…I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing…By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
As a follower of Jesus it is expected that we produce fruit. What a vivid picture Jesus paints here and tremendous importance that He places on producing fruit. Paul talks about fruit of the Spirit. So, what is this fruit?
Keeping in mind that Jesus was a Hebrew, let’s take a look at the Hebrew word for fruit.
The Hebrew word for fruit is PRY. The first letter is a “Pey” which in Moses time looked like a mouth. The second letter is a “Resh” which looked like a head. The third letter was the “Yod” which looked like an arm but represented the hand on the arm.
Therefore, in the natural the fruit was something that the hand took to the mouth to please the head. But, what about the spiritual implication? Would it not be those things that we say (mouth) and do (hand) because of who is the head within us? That is why Jesus said that if He abides in us (the head) and us in Him then we bear much fruit.
And, what is in the center of the fruit? The seed. Jesus, in another story, said that the seed is the word of God. Who is the Word of God? John said that Jesus is the Word. Therefore, with basic algebra, if a=b and b=c then a=c. If the seed is the Word and the Word is Jesus, then the seed is Jesus.
This principle was established by God in Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.
If the seed of Jesus is in us then we will produce fruit through what we say and what we do.
What seed is in you?