Posted by: wwyeshua | December 20, 2014

THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES – John 15:5-8

1 I am the vine you are the branches with Jesus

One morning as Matthew was out in the garden, he noticed grapes on the vine his mom had planted. As he looked at the vine and the little branches holding up the luscious clusters of grapes, he thought of what he had learned in Sunday school.

 2 grape vine

Matthew’s teacher told him that Jesus is the true vine, and that God, His Father is the gardener. That the gardener, cuts off every branch in Him that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  

Jesus told His disciples this story to teach them the importance of staying united with Him. 

She explained to the children that to “remain joined to Jesus” is to do what He says, which means to obey Him. 

Matthew remembered that Miss Kim took the time to make sure everyone had understood what she had taught.

3 Questions

Here are some of the questions she asked: 

Who is the vine? And immediately Matthew raised his hand and said “I know, I know”. “The Lord Jesus Christ is the vine”. Very good Matthew that is the right answer. 

Now she had another question: who are the branches? Matthew knew the answer, but he let James answer. “We are” he said, because we stay connected to Jesus. Wonderful said Miss Kim.

 4 grapevine

What does our lesson say will happen to a person, who listens and does what the Lord, teaches? “He bears much fruit” answered the children. Excellent! 

5 cut out of the vine

And what happens to people who do not stay close to the Lord? Again, Matthew said: “They are cut out of the vine.” Great job! 

Here is one last question, if we obey His teachings, and we ask Him for something, what will happen? And again everyone answered: “It will be done for us.” Praise God said Miss Kim you have all understood this lesson very well.

 5b coloring grapes

Now let’s have some fun and color some pictures of the vine and the branches and lots of grape clusters. We have already learned that bearing fruit means to obey the Lord by listening to God and to mom and dad. It also means to be kind to one another and to be obedient and many other things.  

Jesus wants us to produce a lot of fruit. Good fruit like being kind, generous, and faithful. Most of all, He wants us to love others as He has loved us.

6 grape vine borderMatthew was so excited about the story that when he got home he ran and took a really good look at the grape vine, examining it very carefully. He could see that there were many grape clusters all over the vine and he thought that according to the Bible this must be a very good vine.

 7 grape vine

Matthew’s mother was observing him and could see that he was very much in thought, so she asked her son what he was thinking and Matthew told her all about the vine and the branches.  

Well said his mother. Last spring when I saw many branches putting on leaves, I also noticed that there were some branches that were dead. They were brittle and had no life in them, so I cut the dead branches off so all the sap would go into the healthy branches and they could produce lots of grapes.  

8 pruning the vine

If I had left the dead branches on the vine it would not have produced as well as it has.  

Mom, are we going to church next Sunday? Yes son, you really like your class don’t you? Yes, mom I do. My teacher is going to teach us some more about the story of the vine and the branches.

 9 grape vine

So as Sunday morning came around Matthew got ready for church. Once there he went right in to his class and eagerly waited with all the other children, for his teacher to start the story.

 9b learning at church

Do you all remember last week’s story? “Yes” replied the children. Well let’s continue the story: 

The Lord calls Himself the vine because a vine is what gives life to the branches. The vine brings water and food to the branches to keep them alive and healthy. Without the vine, the branches cannot live. They would dry up and die, just as we would become very weak and die if the Lord would not give us life each and every moment.

 10 grapes

So, what are the branches of a vine supposed to do when they are alive and healthy? “Produce fruit” answered the children. And we are supposed to produce fruit, too. The fruit, which the Lord wants us to produce, are like being kind, generous, and faithful. And like we learned last week, He wants us to love others as He has loved us.  

When we do good things, we should remember that the Lord is the One who sends that goodness to us. Can we do that on our own? No way. Just as a lamp must be plugged into the electrical outlet before it gives light, so the branches must be connected to the vine before they can produce fruit. We must stay connected to Jesus to produce the good fruit that God expects of us. 

Miss Kim told the children to think about a grape vine. Matthew immediately was thinking of the grape vine in his yard.

 11 grape-vine

If you cut a branch off the grape vine, what happens to it? Does it stay alive and healthy? Can it bear fruit? No, it shrivels up, turns dry, dies and is not good for anything other than for making a fire.  

When we pray, we should ask the Lord to help us to produce lots of fruit each day. What do you think? “Yes miss Kim that is a great idea” responded all the children.

 12 kids praying

So let us take a moment to pray and ask the Lord to make us be strong branches bearing many fruit.  

Dear Father, help us to remember that we need to stay united with Jesus if we are going to produce the kind of fruit you expect from us. Thank you, in Jesus name. Amen. 

Now let’s play a game and let us all take turns in naming as many kind and good deeds that we can do.

 13 kids asking questions

Who has an idea of what it means to do a good deed?

Matthew immediately had an idea, so he raised his hand and told everyone what he though a good deed was.

 14 helping mom with washing clothes

Helping my mom with the laundry

 15 helping mom fold clothes

 Helping my mom fold clothes said Mary

 16 practicing the piano for church

Practicing the piano to play at church for the kids choir said Sandra

 17 sweeping his room

 Sweeping my room said Daniel

 18 reading to younger children

Reading and sharing Scripture said Martha

 19 washing the dog

 Washing the dog said James

 20 practicing singing

Singing for those who cannot come to church said the other children

These are all really very good ideas. Now let us go over what we have learned: 

  • Jesus is the vine
  • We are the branches
  • We bear fruit when we are faithful to God’s call to love Him and each other.
  • Branches that are dried up, and that don’t bear fruit are cut off and burned. And we do not want to be that kind of branches, right? “Right”.
  • God love us, but sometimes we have things in our lives that keep us from blooming, and if we do not make flowers for the bees to pollinate, we do not produce fruit.
  • As Christians we are connected to Jesus, to God and to each other.
  • God’s desire is that we grow and bear much fruit.
  • God prunes us because He loves us.

21 grapevine border

Did everyone understand the story that Jesus was telling. Does anyone have any questions? “No”, said the children, we understand. 

So, let’s repeat our verses again:

 20b Open Bible

“I am the vine. You are the branches. If you remain joined to me, and I to you, you will bear a lot of fruit. You can’t do anything without me.  

6 If you don’t remain joined to me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and dries up. Branches like those are picked up. They are thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain joined to me and my words remain in you, ask for anything you wish. And it will be done for you.  

When you bear a lot of fruit, it brings glory to my Father. It shows that you are my disciples. (John 15:5-7)

4 grapevine

Well I have an assignment for each one of you said the teacher. I want you to tell this story to a friend or a neighbor this week.

 22 kids reading the Bible

“Matthew, you might even show someone your grape vine and let them see exactly what you are telling them.” “That is a great idea Miss Kim!”

 23 grapes

Next week when we meat again, each one of you can tell me how the Lord used you to tell someone about Him. 

Before we leave I have a surprise for you. A big glass of fresh squeezed grape juice, which I prepared for you this morning.

 24 grape juice

What a delicious surprise said Matthew. Thank you Miss Kim. 

Look mom and dad what we have learned. We even have an assignment for this week. 

My best friend James and I are going to tell someone about this beautiful story, will you help us? Yes we will! 

Goodbye everyone said Miss Kim, have a wonderful week and God bless you.

25 grape vine border

Author: Helena Russell – Mission Venture Ministries

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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