The True Vine
Gospel Reading: John 15:1-27
Dear Community of Christians
If we start from the image of the vine, we first recognize that it is a familiar growth of a fruit in nature, on our earth. The writer of the Gospel, who was deeply connected with Christ, could see in this image the becoming of the human being is unconditionally connected to the powers of resurrection, for their growth and further development.
The event of the resurrection took place 2000 years ago. That means we can no longer comprehend this event just in terms of measures, counting and touching.
On the other hand, with the help of our consciously developed thinking, we have the possibility today to understand the event of 2000 years ago with our clear thinking.
We meet this in the words of the Act of Consecration: “Take this into your thinking. And so live in our thoughts the new confession, the new faith.”
On this basis of new human understanding, we can take a broader view of death and resurrection.
Not only people with near-death experiences have encountered the resurrection light. Also, those with a cultivated fine sense bear witness to the light powers of the Risen One that permeate the earth and cosmos.
Looking to nature we encounter these eternal cycles of becoming and passing away. We can also recognize these cycles inwardly as true for the human being, and yet the human being is also more than natural. In the Sermon on the Mount it is said: “are you are not much more than they?”.
Who can still have doubts that the soul is immortal? Death only means the transition of the soul from life in a physical body, where Christ is in us, to a state of the soul without a material body, where the light of Christ embraces us. If we become more and more aware of these facts, then we will bear rich fruit through our actions on earth. But if we are tempted not to take this fact seriously then “he withers like a branch that is cut off - such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.”
We can celebrate an external Easter 1000 times, it will not become a force in us until we bring Easter actively to fruition in us, every day, all year round.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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