Jesus describes our relationship to him and his to us as 1 vine.Together all of us comprise the vine which is the body of Christ. He uses this metaphor and its life to illustrate the ultra-intimate union of him and us to each other. However, a golden vine, symbolizing Judaism, was also embedded in the great 30 ft high gate of entry into the temple building. As such, Jesus is proclaiming that he and we together form the new Israel. This was his creative purpose: to begin a whole new people rooted in God’ Spirit of Love and dedicated to its deepening and spreading through all humankind.

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